Dogs 2013

UNSAFE AT ANY REVOLUTION
(2/21/13)


I-80

South
Omaha

I look
down

80 mph

the limit
is 60
through this
congested
stretch
of interstate
but there are vehicles
actually
passing me

something's
amiss

my head
feels light
as I try
to make
a connection
to this altered
state
of reality

I've done
80 before

this
ain't
80

so I try
to choose
the more moderate
of speeds
from those
about me
as I stay
in my lane
to consider
the possibilities

obviously
there's a speedometer
problem

how much
of a problem
will be difficult
to ascertain
without
a stop

I'm not
stopping

I'm guessing
about 20 mph
worth

I accelerate
to "85"
to stay
with the general
flow
of traffic

great

400 miles
to go
and I would
have to depend
upon others
to regulate
my progress

depending upon
other people
has always been
a sore spot
for me

eventually
however
we are all
reduced
to that sorry
state

~

hours later

alone
on a Kansas
two lane

I'm cruising
at a comfortable
2,500 rpm

allowed
to go my
own way
for just
awhile
longer