Unity Woman Killed in Route 137 Crash

and when it’s first reported 
there isn’t a name, only 
the bare bones of when—
about 3:30—and where—near 
Hilltop Store—and pictures—
small red car with the driver’s 
side caved in, hood twisted skyward 
in a mouth-gaped V, splayed
across the right front of the truck. 
Troopers said that the woman’s car 
crossed the centerline and I imagine
her, glancing at her sister’s
picture of the newborn on
her smartphone or reaching down
to retrieve the groceries fallen
to the car floor, never feeling 
the drift of the tires 
or sensing the way the distance 
from the new mown field
slowly widened.

Naugatuck River Review
Winter/Spring 2017