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Fein, Richard, 1944- / The required accompanying cover letter: poetry
(2011)

Rear-ended,   p. 41


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Rear-Ended
On the proverbial highway of life
my tailgating past rear-ended me when I had to stop short:
child on road, siren at intersection, oncoming train, a UFO landing,
some nonsense like that.
I lurched against the steering wheel.
Angry, with pains in my chest,
I stormed out of my vehicle and screamed, "You coulda killed me."
I found myself face-to-face with my profligate past,
but he had the nerve to accuse me of being
the most neurotic driver on the road,
and that I was imagining all the dangers ahead.
I screamed that he had been speeding,
that he had deliberately tried to ram me.
He laughed and asked,
"Why would anyone with an open road before him want to run into an
old loser?"
We both made fists and then...
A cop car pulled over, license and registration demanded.
But his was an obvious forgery and mine wasn't a license at all,
but an application for a renewal.
We were both hauled in.
Neither of us were fit to drive on that road.
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