One step into heat; it sighs around my calf.
The lot shimmers, the bulk of the store blank
All the gas-fired colors turned off for the day.
I've left the brief crunch of green verge,
Forded the ditch that floods in a downpour,
Survived the hint of snakes and bees.
Cross the parking lot in tens of steps
Ground soft not because it grows
But because it melts, Texas liquefying.
Cars swerve as close to the shadow
Of the building as the spaces allow.
Most of the lot is empty; cracking.
Boxes are wheeled out.
I walk camouflaged beside cars
No one can tell I am on foot.
Then, in the shade of the overhang,
I stop. The doors open, a/c chills me.
I am damp, as if the lot licked me.
It breathes behind me; I am hatched
From heat. The white light inside too false,
An edging on a lurking shadow.
The quest was to pass the dragon.
I have been consumed, cleaned, exhaled.
There is no more plastic treasure.