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I want to understand why the road stops here,

why the waves and currents flow southeast.

Black, narrow, tar;

heat contorting the view.

Are they mirages-

these other visitors,

like Arabian tents

on a desert dune?

Orange and yellow,

the dashes dictate-

No Passing Here.

Sign says, “Mexico Beach

18 miles,”

but nothing explains.

Southeast flow currents and waves –

Why?

The road stops here.

I want to understand.