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JunePoWriMo 17

Now that we’re open 
people are driving their cars like maniacs
crossing seven lanes of traffic
without even signaling
just so they would not miss a turn
that if they had missed would mean
going around the block
which they were going to avoid
by any means necessary
either they spent so long not driving
they have forgotten how to drive
or the fact that the roads are now
repopulated according to the whims
of who never really had the choice
of staying home or going to an office
that was never going to appreciate them
and suddenly there are places to be
despite deteriorating driving skills
the opinion piece I read today said
that this is America’s Renaissance
that the pandemic disrupted daily life
in a way few emergencies have before
and shaken things up and cleared the way
for an economic boom and social revival
now they are bursting out of the gate
racing to be the first at the red light
that arrives late and always lasts too long

By Joshua Keiter

reader, writer, actor, singer, teacher