I’m driving

I’m in control
But I don’t remember,
when my foot kissed the accelerator
or how I’m following the GPS navigator
staring at the stretched and broken white rectangles
Trance snapped
nine and three—eyes ahead
What happened?
I never felt

I owned the road
electric blue whip,
sunglasses at night
weaving, speeding threat
rapping to Outkast
cruising to the bookstore

A life in the past
Turned into a mother
driving a sport utility vehicle
kids in the back. I keep everything legal
despite the horrors
separated by stretched and broken white rectangles

A sense of boundary
the myth of safety from
horn revenge
vocal fingers
anxious heartbeats
struggle to breathe
a panic attack.
We’ll make it
We’ll make it
Eyes on the road—precious cargo
I’m good
I’m good

I’m good.

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    This poem describes 2 events.
    I have read it multiple times and then find some new meaning in this.
    Well written Kirsten
    Well written 👏🏻🚗👩‍👧‍👦👩‍👧‍👧👩‍👧

    1. Kirsten

      Haha, thank you for reading! We made it! Thinking positive helps when you’re in a jam. 💕


        Based on real life?? 🙂
        Didn’t know it’s based on this. 😊

      2. Kirsten

        Sure was! It happened Sunday, January 29th, in the 9am hour. Someone was testing me up there. 😑


        Well good thing you remembered you are a mom 😌

  2. Pooja G

    Loved the poem. Being a mum means putting your kids before all else even when you’re going through something.

    1. Kirsten

      For real! It’s like this automatic supermom strength kicks in during those times.That stuff is real and keeps you going.

  3. Jeff Flesch

    Wonderfully expressed, Kirsten! I love the expression of time, and of no time at all in this write. Amazing! 🥰💞

    1. Kirsten

      Thank you so much, Jeff! 🥰💞Time just seems to slip away faster and faster over the years.

      1. Jeff Flesch

        You’re most welcome, Kirsten! 🥰💞 Always. Ah, I know exactly what you mean.

  4. Dawn Pisturino

    Very tense and exciting.

    1. Kirsten

      Thank you kindly, Dawn 🥰

  5. Mike U.

    Whew, this is intense and the imagery is so urgent and strident. I really dig your poetry, Kirsten. It’s not always easy to write both prose and poetry, but you do both so incredibly well. A most definitive tip o’ the cap to you, my talented friend! *tips cap* 🙂

    1. Kirsten

      Ahh, thank you so much, Mike! You’re very kind. Much appreciated. 💕🥰

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