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The Tailgater

On the slow and winding
a man in a black pickup truck
in a great rush
to some unknown destination
drove close enough
to the car in front of him
so that a tap on the breaks
if something should unexpectedly
cross the road
would have caused an accident.

Weaving back and forth,
he found a moment
to speed past
in a short section
of straight road
only to wait at the intersection
for the traffic on the main road
as the car he passed
slowly caught back up with him.

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#NaPoWrimo 30: Deer Strike

“Hier hinein?...Man sieht den Weg nicht...Wie silbern die Stämme schimmern...wie Birken!...”

in the pathless wood
amidst the silvery shimmering strains
of birches
subdued by ice storms
or boys too far from town
she searches for the deer
that bounced off her hood
on a dark rainy evening
that would have been
a metaphor
if the roads weren’t so slick.

The deer, too,
could have been metaphor
or at least a totem.
When she was courting
she saw two piebald deer
on her way home from a date,
symbols of transformation
and the spirit world.

This evening
she had been driving slowly,
on account of the rain.
There was oncoming traffic
so she couldn’t swerve to the left.

The rain had washed
most of the bug carcasses
from the windshield
and the visibility
was as good as could be

There was no sign
of the wounded animal
besides the smashed headlight,
and the buckled hood
adorned with
bits of deer hair,
as she searched
the pathless wood.

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May Day 1916

Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit, and for my Eastern Orthodox friends, Christos anesti! I’ve completed National Poetry month and will post my poem from yesterday later today. It is May Day and the 44th birthday of the health center I work at. The leaves are coming out, some of the seeds Kim planted have come up, and we planted more seeds yesterday.

In the poetry class, I discovered that I can read issues of Poetry Magazine from 100 years ago. The May 1916 issues of Poetry Magazine. Perhaps I’ll read through some of this during the month.

I drink my morning tea, check Facebook, Twitter, and email. Soon, I will shower, go to church and get on with the day.

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