Dogs 2010

SINGLE CAR FATALITY
(4/30/10)


56 years old

he didn't
need
this shit

medical
problems
bills to pay
and now
she was hassling him
about the most
pedestrian
of affairs
via text

he considered
pulling the car
onto a side street
in order to
safely finish
the cellversation
but his 4pm
doctor appointment
was looming
and he didn't
have the time

he did
the best
that he could
using knees
to stabilize
the steering wheel
and quick glances
to judge his progress
as he manipulated
the miniature
keyboard

no

yes

you already
know that


why any
of this
couldn't wait
until he got
home
he didn't
know

he was
about to tell her
to tell him
all about it
later
when
his windshield filled
with a slow moving
vehicle
as if
it had emerged
from the pavement
itself

hands quickly
back to the wheel
foot slipping
off the brake

bumper
curb
sidewalk
power pole
more sidewalk
power pole
fence

RIP
47th &
Lewis Ave

in an office
four blocks away
the overheads flicker
back-up power supplies
shrill alarms
at every
computer

"what was that?"

after
a few minutes
the light show subsides
and sound effects
lapse into
silence

"probably
just the wind
in the lines"