Dogs 2010

ROAD AGE
(7/24/10)


I tire
of all
traffic

all patience
for the imbecilic
mobile public
has been
lost

I take
an inordinate
amount of chances
break laws
on almost each
and every block
just to gain
some advantage
to deliver me
more quickly
to my destination

last night
I was in
three
near collisions

none of which
required
my pressing
proximity

but I was
pushing
to be free
of the fray
and just
didn't
care

the last
incident
drew an angry
middle finger
from a driver
whose vehicle
I almost
clipped

without
thinking
I offered
mine
in kind

the feeling
of hostility
was instant

a feeling
of stupidity
soon
followed

I lowered
my hand
pulled
into the next
parking lot
and then
lowered
my head

it all
exhausted
me

I regained
my composure
drove slowly home
and wondered
at my loss
of humanity

***

this morning
I motored
to work
in record
time