Poemdog

Dogs 2016

SOUL TOLL
(12/30/16)

I'm blocked
on an interstate
on-ramp
by an SUV

going 30

I give them
a few seconds

then lay
on the horn

by the time
we're on the highway
they're only
going 45

in a 70 mph
zone

I wait
for the traffic
to clear
around us

then blast
on by

I look
over

it's
a panic stricken
little girl
at the wheel

she looks
12

a parent
apparently
beside her

I feel bad
but what
the hell

she's a danger
to herself
and others

60 miles
later
I'm going
down
an off-ramp

one exit
before the one
I had planned

oh well

at the bottom
of the overpass
is a homeless guy
standing
at the intersection

I love
same day
karma

I pay
the man

turn north

see
if I find
where I need
to be