Closeted Far Too Long
Now I emerge
Darkness. I see nothing, and yet I do. My eyes are closed, but still I watch the traffic coursing eastbound and westbound on Merrick Road. Beyond Merrick Road, the cattails and yellow, wheaty-looking weeds sway rhythmically in the breeze beside the inlet. I’m seated in the dentist’s chair. With my eyes closed, I continue to monitor the cars that go by.