A Quiet Ride

December 8, 2013 at 3:51 pm (Poems, poetry, Stories) (, , , , )

Who wouldn’t relish the pink skies
of a twilight winter drive?
Oh, for a quiet ride.

But Anxiety is a mealy-mouthed passenger:
no stuck out chin chest beating bully;
insinuating instead into the drivers seat,
she slips my gears.

Oh, for a quiet ride, but undeniably too
Vexation sits, inclined as though struck,
like a damp yeuk sandwich on the seat beside me,
puckering his lips to sip from
a plastic flask of patched up paranoia.

Oh, for a quiet ride indeed. Enough.
I swerve onto the curb, and
belt unclasped by confident denials, depress
an inbuilt ejector switch. Out they tumble,
rumbled by optimistic assertion.

Ha! In the Hollywood diversion, at last, a quiet ride,
pink skies deepening to best radish red,
conundrums left behind, nothing to remind me
of mistakes, unlucky breaks, driving west…

Okay. Apply the brakes. Get out. Slam the door.
Pick up the pieces, crank the heater,
dry their rusty tears and drive them home.
It seems we are not ready, each, to function on our own.

Surviving, and sucking last year’s fruit pastilles,
we all three, at least, appreciate the pink skies
of a twilight winter drive, but sometimes, sometimes -
Oh for a quiet ride.

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7 Comments

  1. David Scribe said,

    Great piece.

  2. julespaige said,

    I always had to get lost somewhere before I felt comfortable …didn’t make it any better when the old car started coughing…or refused to start. At least after over 20 years in the same local I can say I am less direction-ally challenged. But then driving at night, which I don’t do all that often has become a concern…

    Nice piece on coping. Something we all try to do.

  3. hollyannegetspoetic said,

    I love the Fruit Pastilles reference!

    • Julia Dean-Richards said,

      :) Pastilles or Gums was a bit like Spock or Kirk, Cassidy, Osmond or Essex, Trampus or the Virginian. Am I showing my age?

  4. john said,

    Tough ride lately, huh? You still mad at me for totally taking over your last suggestion?

    • Julia Dean-Richards said,

      Ha ha, mad at you? It was a cracking poem you wrote. Arty Party had some good news the other day – a BBC Performing Arts award of nearly £5000. Tough ride, yeah, but worth it :)

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