Nocturnal Omissions

Posted: Thursday, January 14, 2010

Things that go bump in the night,

The nocturnal omissions of driver's ed

Are taught by experience ....

Black ice, and stalks of stark white bodiless legs

Skittering across beams of headlights

In rain-soaked darkness.

Somewhere, above the legs, a big brown beast,

With more coming from an invisible

Ditch, I won't know for sure. Terror,

Heart pounding, hands gripping steering wheel,

knees and ankles straining on brakes,

keeping a ton of metal from hitting

A quarter ton of flesh.

Long after moose escape, unscathed,

And long after I escape, unscathed,

palms are sweaty and knees shake when I am

Safely home. Winter driving in Alaska filled

With nocturnal omissions, not warned of in driver's ed.

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