Dogs 2014

WHAT NOW?
(8/18/14)


something
as simple
as turning
a corner

a basic
right hand
turn

no bumps

no resistance

no hint
of malfunction

no apparent
obstructions
in the street

I straighten
the wheel
and accelerate
simultaneously
hearing the sound
of a dead body
being dragged
beneath
the car

I'm hypothesizing
of course
never having
pulled a corpse
from any
conveyance

it sounds
bad
however

my mind races
ahead
to leaving work

dealing with
garage mechanics

the expense
of replacing whatever
was making
that ungodly
racket

I consider
pulling over

but being
just a few miles
from work
on an otherwise
quiet
early morning
I decide
to chance it

hoping
to investigate
in the office
parking lot

continuing
forward
while I can

windows down
I slow
at the next stoplight
and the sound
diminishes
with the speed

I stop
and sniff
for any burning

check
the gauges
for any
anomalies

all clear

the light
goes green
and I hit
the gas
causing the grating
cacophony
to begin
again

driving
up
a small hill
I hear two large
bumps
from underneath

the noise
stops

I check
my rear view
but see nothing

as I saw nothing
before
all of this
began

the car
seems
to be fine
again

I drive
the last
three miles
uneventfully

my destination
reached
I get out
and look
all around

over

underneath

but see
nothing
out of the ordinary

I expect
to come out
at 5:30
this afternoon
and see puddles
of various fluids
surrounding
my vehicle

with all
of that disturbance
something
must've been
damaged

more than
likely
it'll just be
a routine commute
home

another
mystery

life
is like
that

sometimes
you die

sometimes
you motor on
avoiding death
for another
day