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The World According To Ben Part 20 ...Our Poet Magnifico Ponders A Spring Road Trip That Hasn't


Road Trip In The Old Car”

(A Triple Sonnet)

No GPS. We’ll guess where we will go. The roads all lead to somewhere else, don’t they? If “else” is all we seek, then that’s the flow. Go with it. See all wonders on display.

The road rewards us richly, mile to mile. One drives, one sees, one hears, one smells, one learns. One finds great things to fill the knowledge file While, smoothly, the old drivetrain ever turns.

These things of glass and metal? “Ultra us.” Rubber tires, tactile, are our fingertips. All windows up, nobody’s hair is mussed. The giant wheel responds to feather grip,

Wood-rimmed, dual-spoked with horn bars in between. Might be the finest wheel I’ve ever seen

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And so we dance: eight cylinders’ brisk tune. Sheet metal gleaming, blinding, in the sun. To seashore, mountain… perhaps even moon! Who knows how ends this trip we’ve just begun?

Well… OK, seriously, no space flight. Reentry alone would destroy this ride. It’s not a matter of some mindless fright, Nor any failure that might shatter pride.

My vehicle’s for rolling just like this. Two lanes. Four lanes. Uphill. Downhill. Left. Right. Past lakes, rivers, deserts. Through heavy mists Which might hold for us mystical delight.

Ah, no. Not holy is this wholly sweet Mystery trip. But surely, friends we’ll meet.

Like most Americans, my car is king. Symbol of pride and, perhaps, refined taste. Bystanders turn to look—a thrilling thing. Why let that tank of high-test go to waste?

So… I’m revealed as show-off? Well, OK. I need to feed my sweet tooth. So do you. I have this ancient toy with which I play. What trips your trigger? Sticks to you like glue?

Show off that chiseled body that you’ve built. Show off those flowers glistening with dew. Show off those tiny trees. Show off that quilt. Show your delights. We’ll be delighted too.

It’s just a car. It isn’t who I am.

Or maybe it is—me, but much more “glam.”

© Verse-Case Scenario, LLC 2017

On the road today. Won’t be taking the Riviera (though I wish I could); it’s still hibernating in Lancaster and needs a bit more nutting and bolting before the car cruise/car show season is here. The Subaru will do just fine. It always does. Knock on wood (or wood-like plastic dashboard trim if it’s all that’s available)

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