my odometer refuses to roll over
the coolant light is on
and there’s nothing I can do about it
I keep the tires in good shape
and just had new wiper blades installed
but there’s so little else I can replace
my gas gauge can’t be trusted
the driver’s side blinker won’t even wink
at the headlights up ahead
or the trooper trying to get around me
I can’t tell if the siren’s for real
or is it the background of a song
on my AM radio
and in my rear view is either
a tow truck or a hearse
content to follow me home
About the Poet:
As a hospice volunteer Alan Harris helps patients write stories, poems and letters. Harris is a 61 year-old graduate student. He writes short stories, plays, and poetry based primarily upon the life-stories of friends, family and total strangers. Harris is the 2011 recipient of the Stephen H. Tudor Scholarship in Creative Writing, the 2014 John Clare Poetry Prize, and the 2015 Tompkins Poetry Award from Wayne State University. In addition he is the father of seven, grandfather of eight, as well as a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee.
Photo by Joshua Wilson.
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