Dogs 2010

INSTANT KARMA
(1/30/10)


half
an inch
of ice

half
a foot
of snow

plus
high winds
made for an interesting
office to home commute
in an abbreviated
5pm "rush"
of winter storm
traffic

my personal rush
had stalled
on an upslope
to a traffic light
where several vehicles
including
a city bus
were already
stuck
in the wintry
muck

nobody
could get
any traction

as I sat
ruminating
my options
a knock
on my window
jerked me
from my
reverie

"give you
a push?"

some young dude
full
of vim and vigor
all charged up
from the falling
snow

I
looked back
to see
a monster
4 wheeled drive
pick up
with matching
threatening
grill guard

"it might
scratch up
your bumper
a bit"

a 12
year old bumper
did not rate
over
getting home
to my wife

"go
for it"

back
in his truck
he eased up
to make contact
and in 15 seconds
I was fishtailing
on my own
up the hill

I was
grateful
and thought
that I probably
owed something
back into the pool
of human compassion
at the next
opportunity

at the top
of the rise
I saw three people
recently disembarked
from the non-transporting
public transportation
plodding heavily
in the blowing
snow

I slowed
pulling over
to a place
less drifted
in the road
to wait
for them

at times
such things
have their own
speedy
resolution