condensation began to invade the windscreen
despite front demisters being on,
music from teenage years played
trying to keep her awake.
Outside headlights illuminated lonely empty roads
as the moon darted in and out of clouds
staying a constant companion
never seeming to change its position.
While rubbing her eyes
the two children slept in the back seat,
hurriedly packed bags supported their bodies
and provided headrests.
Messages flashed on the phone
that remained unanswered
with knowledge that at home
fury would be reigning.
Finding a parking bay
she pulled over to sleep.
Rob McKinnon lives in the Adelaide Hills, South Australia. His poetry has previously been published in ‘Adelaide: Mapping the Human City’ Ginninderra Press, ‘Messages from the Embers’ Black Quill Press, Backstory Journal (Swinburne University), The Saltbush Review (Adelaide University), Creatrix, Wales Haiku Journal, and other online and print journals.