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Wednesday, May 30, 2007 01:43 pm

People's poetry

Jacqueline Jackson presents

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red fox ran away HE
ran far far away HIS
mother had no telephone
telephone and he was all alone
those are the words we sang
from a grade-school songbook
I always felt a pang for that fox
was he lost forever there was no
second verse to reassure me
years later I heard an orchestra play
brahms’ academic festival overture
and to my astonishment there was
the red fox still running and running
I never hear that piece without
the fox haunting me but the music
ends so triumphantly that I am sure
there was a joyous reunion
at the last

© Jacqueline Jackson 2007

Not only do we have road rage, but it seems we have road love, too. Here Elizabeth Hobbs of Maine offers us a two-car courtship. Be careful with whom you choose to try this little dance.
Slow Dancing on the Highway: the Trip North
You follow close behind me, for a thousand miles responsive to my movements. I signal, you signal back. We will meet at the next exit.
You blow kisses, which I return. You mouth “I love you,” a message for my rearview mirror.
We do a slow tango as we change lanes in tandem, gracefully, as though music were guiding us. It is tighter than bodies locked in heat, this caring, this ardent watching.

Poem copyright  ©  2001 by Elizabeth Hobbs, whose most recent book is A Craving for the Goatman (Goose River Press, 2003). Reprinted from Poems from the Lake (Goose River Press, 2001), with permission of the publisher. This weekly column is supported by The Poetry Foundation, The Library of Congress, and the Department of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. This column does not accept unsolicited poetry.
Ted Kooser served as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 2004-2006. For more information, go to www.americanlifeinpoetry.org.
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