Poemdog

Dogs 2018

UNCOMFORTABLE COMMUTES
(12/15/18)


driving

my last
element
of active
acrimony
with life

so much
progress
has been
made

no more
clenched fists
continually clutching
the wheel

most
of the anger
has been
worked
away

because
battling
block by block
for position

for advantage

over the
more timid

the more
exasperating
of drivers

did seem
a bit crazy

but also
quite necessary
at the time

I apparently
have some
natural enmity
toward
slowpokes

motorists
without purpose

and although
I have finally
learned
to relax
a bit

to take
whatever
the traffic
gives

if I let
my attention
lapse

for even
a second

I find myself
quite quickly
riding bumpers

cutting corners

rolling again
through yellows
turning red

obviously
my prior
driving habits
were inexcusable

but frequently
fighting
not
to fight
feels a bit
insane
as well

internally
at least

I contemplate
these paradoxes

unmoving
at a green
light

the rage
rising
behind me