Poets Don’t Own Cars
We rent and we drive on occasion,
but lock us into payments?
The vroom vroom, powering and
speeding and smoking our way to this
and that? The noise, the hustle?
We prefer the slow stroll, the train
ride, the bus up the cliff, the hike
mile after mile, five senses becoming
six as we know there is more…
Rooftop to rooftop we hurl headlong
into vacant doorways of hope, dash to
and from buildings of dreams, scents
and poverty bringing us out of metal
and into the sweat of failure.
We must report something and so
stomach the stench, there must be a ground
if we are to elevate. Support comes from
loving people, we are dedicated to words
but know they are nothing compared to
what we describe,
The ultimate hope of all endeavor to
yield peace of mind, this one mine as I
deny the mechanic’s offer to ditch another
hunk at high speeds—
I take one look back at my old life as
I speed down the freeway of God’s
paradise in my wife’s fast muscle car:
I have an errand to run and I’m tired of
the walk, I’ll play this song, burn this gas
this time, but can’t wait to shed the metal
for a walk again my friend, toward the more
elegant train of rhyme.