Mary McCarthy

(1912-1989 / Seattle, Washington)

Mary McCarthy Poems

1. Never Learned to Ride 6/18/2016
2. Road Hazard 6/18/2016
Best Poem of Mary McCarthy

Road Hazard

The trouble with driving
was I didn't want to learn.
I never believed
the car was innocent of guile
never trusted it to do
just what I directed
without some unexpected
deviation of its own.
My driving was a tense
negotiation
between mind and matter
between my will
and the car's inert
mechanical resistance.
This led to much anxiety
increasing exponentially
as speed and traffic grew,
resolving only
at the end of each excursion
with a full stop
releasing me mercifully
back to the safe simplicity
of moving on my ...

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