Dogs 2010

TO GET TO THE OTHER SIDE
(4/9/10)


expressway
traffic
was heavy

not quite
bumper to bumper
but pretty tight
and all going well
over the posted
limit

the car
in front of me
swerved slightly
and I saw it

a tortoise
half in
half out
of its shell
trying to decide
whether to flee
or fight

no way
that it was
going
to make it

using all
of the area
bewteen the stripes
I moved over
and got around it
as well

it still had
a lane and a half
and the shoulder
before it could be safe
on the median

then what?

3 more lanes
2 more shoulders
an access road
before any chance
at relative
safety

no great
tragedy
I know
but it still
bothers me

I'm sure
that there are
tens
maybe hundreds
of thousands
of them
making madly
dismal dashes
across highways
and roads
of futility
all over
the planet
at any
one time

why?

what sense
of manifest
turtle destiny
propels them on
to take such
risk?

do
they even
realize
the danger
before it is right
on top
of them?

probably not

it moves
enough forward
so that the car
behind me
shifts
to the other
direction
straddling
the creeping
creature

after that
I do not
know

but
I still
care

senseless
misery
in life
mesmerizes
me