Memorial | West Richland, WA | June 2019

The artificial flowers shout amid the miles of sandy scrub. No epitaph on the pole, but bright blooms definitely deliver the message: “We remember.” I slow at such roadside tributes to figure out how the crash occurred. Asleep at the wheel? Too fast on a curve? Deer out of nowhere? Or was the vehicle’s driver marveling at the surrounding landscape, attention drawn for a split second to the seemingly infinite vista? Infinity to calamity to eternity. R.I.P.