Avoiding Traffic on the Morning Commute
One eye open
sipping drive-through coffee
two lanes filled with parked cars
at my exit to work
with a quick rear-view glance
I gun the engine, skirt the traffic,
and take the next exit, slow-boat my way
down side streets to the office
It is a warm spring morning
as I pass a tractor-trailer
on my left, passenger side window down,
a beagle with its head out in the wind
ears flapping, tongue lolling.
Best thing I’ll see all day.