the freeway wall
Posted by piltdownlad
on March 9, 2012
I was born on the San Bernardino Freeway. Eastbound side. A twelve-foot concrete wall separated our backyard from the fury of one of the busiest freeways in LA: six lanes going west, six lanes going east and down the center, the Union Pacific. Behind the wall, traffic was a constant roar. During rush hour, the cars crept by, with faulty mufflers sputtering, transmissions grinding, brakes squealing and stereos blasting. Motorcycles mainlined while sedans idled. Eighteen-wheelers struggled in low gear. The occasional voices, franticly shouting into the callbox…
At night, the cars came in waves. A few seconds of silence followed by a steady current. In the ebb and flow of late night transit, I discovered infinity, like a strip of gauze stretched taut.