poetry 101 rehab: odyssey

drive.
just drive.

the key sticks
in the ignition, roughly –
engine catches,
rumbling to lie.
the fuel gage
is low.

(in this context,
e is such a
dread
letter)

the road is
familiar,
years of traversing it
behind me.

(the road in front
of me is nothing
new)

the road speeds by
under the wheels:
fading,
wearing out.

(journey with
no
end date)

sirens shriek by
occasionally;
otherwise, the road is
still.

tyres chew up the ground
leaving cracks and
battered paint lines.

(not worn out
just yet)

sometimes
the radio fades in.
quiet crackling, static,
serves as background
noise.

(daylight is burning up
and the road is
the ashes)

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4 thoughts on “poetry 101 rehab: odyssey

  1. Great poem as usual ! I was reminded of my driving experience yesterday when I was burning the tarmac, very slowly, playing truant from work, doing an errand, when an errant truck struck my car from the behind. The net result is the car is reduced to a pulp, the lorry lost a front light and my car struck another car on the next lane. All three of us drivers lived to tell the tale– to the police and now my car, which suffered the worst damage, lies, alone, untended and locked, exposed to the elements and to road roughies, until such time as the insurance people can come to make a full assessment.
    Susie

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