by Zachary Caballero

Take IH-10 West.
Do not leave at 5 pm.
Go when the sun lowers.
71 West is your exit.
Drive five below for the first five miles.
Stop only at Buc-ee’s in Bastrop.
Do not get swallowed by the big blue sky.
Do not take the toll road.
Take the long way home.
Call your mom an hour out.
Call your mom a half-hour out.
If mom is sleeping when you arrive,
kiss her on the cheek.
Tell her you’re home.