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Thursday, January 14, 2010

S.P. Poem # 4: The camera was on the dash


The camera was on the dash, the car on the highway,

The fast lane. The highway softly bending to the right

And a concrete barrier, two feet high. There was no

Emergency lane. The video was labeled “Car Crash”


—Why I clicked it. I was sitting in my chair

For twenty-seven seconds watching the small strip

Of pavement spool beneath the hood. The windows

Above the screen: the blinds lowered. There was


No sound. Many cars went past. The car I watched

From never changed lanes. I had a cup of coffee

And an empty plate on the desk. It was coming.

My wife was away for the day, I was done eating,


I was waiting for something and it was coming.

You could feel that it was, what it was.

Couldn't you? I really would like to know

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