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STORROW DRIVE by Diana Der Hovanessian The rain, a green mask over Storrow Drive; the night, making a Rambrandt portrait of your face; the river, dark enough to be another lane; you, on the driver's side; I, beside you, mis-reading signs. Was it last night? Last year? Last week? I was playing Mother, saying: fasten your seatbelt hoping you'd repeat the same to me. You explained: Accidents happen too fast for preparation. Enjoy the direction. Goals are what we need. Too dark to part the autos from momentum; too shadowy to know if you smiled; the wheels made another road between the vehicle and street. We were a bridgehead, a moving island, safe but temporal transient on Storrow Drive. -- Diana Der Hovanessian is a Fulbright professor of American literature at Yerevan State University in 1994 and 1999, she is author of 17 books and has published in American Scholar, Poetry, Harvard Review, Nation, Paris Review, New Republic, and her poetry is regularly published in the Christian Science Monitor. She has awards from the Columbia Translation Center, P.E.N., Writers Union of America, and the Writers Union of Armenia.