Sunday, January 15, 2017

Let's take the weekend...

grab it by its scruffy neck
and show it who's boss.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

That time of day...

...dusk, when things start to settle down, coffee starts to perk up, and life doesn't seem half bad.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Lessons Learned

To be perfectly honest with you, I was texting and driving. I know, it’s a stupid thing to do, but I just couldn’t help myself.

The wife? Sure, she was in the passenger’s seat, reading a post or answering a text, but she wasn’t watching. So I slipped my phone out of my pocket, held it below the steering wheel, and didn’t see the road sign until it was too late.

“Beware: Loose Gravity.”

I’m really not a bad driver. I usually keep my eyes on the road, keep my distance from the car in front of me, slow down when it’s raining; but I felt my phone vibrate and couldn’t stand the thought of not knowing who it was or what they wanted me to know right that very instant.

It could’ve been my mother, texting me to say she’d fallen down again, but paramedics were on the way, “so don’t you worry your heart about me at all. I know you’re busy.”

It could’ve been one of my kids sending me a message about needing money to pay the rent, or, “Dad, I’m in jail, but I didn’t do it this time. Can you make bail?”

I just had to know.

Luckily, I was going full speed when I hit the loose gravity. We fishtailed a bit, but because of our momentum, we were only lifted off the pavement about two meters. We slammed down hard on the other side, though. The air bags popped on us, the car broke an axel, and my wife started screaming bloody murder wondering what’d just happened.

“You were texting, weren’t you? How could you? What would’ve happened to us if you’d been going slower and we actually got caught in all that loose gravity? Worse yet, what if you’d driven us smack into a black hole? You know how bad these roads are. Did you even think about that?”

Like I said, it was a stupid thing for me to do, but I’ve learned a valuable lesson: Never text and drive while my wife is in the car.


Sunday, January 8, 2017

Poetry bits and bobs

It's nice to sleep in and pull up the covers,
whether you're single or long-time lovers.

*  *  *

Dallas calls,
like New York,
but with an accent I'm more accustomed to.

*  *  *

The cat
     comes
            in
              with the
                     fog...
creeps quietly
         through
                the
                     room...

and barfs all over the floor.

*  *  *

One of these days,
Monday won't come 'round here no more,
but for now,
we're sitting at the table,
drinking coffee,
making plans.

*  *  *

THE END

Saturday, January 7, 2017