Dogs 2013

STINKING AND DRIVING
(5/15/13)


some asshole
in his beat up
Chevy truck
pulls out
from a convenience
store
parking lot
into the left
turn lane
right
in front of me

bad enough
that he's technically
occupying
my space
in line
but his truck
is also sputtering
and puffing
thick
noxious
black smoke
into the atmosphere
and my vents
as he lays
on the throttle
in an attempt
to keep his motor
turning

I've gone
from having
all the windows
down
to breathe in
the fresh Spring
air
to battening
all the hatches
in order to seal
myself
from being
gassed

finally
the light
changes
and I proceed
behind him
through the
dark cloud
of exhaust

I look
through
his rear window
trying to decide
whether or not
to pull along
side
to point out
in a loud voice
his vehicular
shortcomings
or to blow
on by
laying
on the horn
the whole way

then
I see
a plume
of white smoke
bellowing
from the driver's
window

smoking
outside and in
he's hopeless

what's
the point

I take
the first right
into a neighborhood

roll the windows
back down

and wonder
why
so many
lawns
are left
unmowed