We Broke Down

abandoned truck

On a highway outside Albuquerque

we broke down

our vehicle dead on the shoulder of the road

we broke down

as the first snowflakes of winter began to fall

we broke down

after many years spent racing into storms chasing dreams

we broke down

attempting to forge a life greater than our means

we broke down

so many troubles we had seen only to discover this road leads nowhere

we broke down

in that place where the soul separates from tissue and bone and moves on

we broke down

where a wounded heart detaches from the body because there’s no other choice

we broke down

like the relentless desert wind eroding stone into sand

we became sand

insignificant particles of dust carried on the wind

we parted ways

5 thoughts on “We Broke Down”

  1. Makes you wonder how many other folks’ relationships break down in the same way… Loved this: “…so many troubles we had seen only to discover this road leads nowhere…” THAT, in my opinion, is what kills so many relationships… It’s like Robert Service said: It isn’t the mountain ahead that wears you out; it’s the grain of sand in your shoe.
    Same thing.

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