Patrick O'Reilly

Rookie (1988 / St John's, NL)

Drive - Poem by Patrick O'Reilly

Take the wheel!
We could drive til the gas tank is bone dry.

Because I don't want to die in this town,
With its gossipy neighbours
And ghostly whispers
And brown weeds stabbing through the sidewalks,
It's forlorn fences
And false, fearful lovers.

The watertower on the hill
Stands like a grave marker,
A shadowy steel sentinel against the gloomy sky.

Take the wheel!
Drive fast and hard against the night,
Do not go gentle.
Steal away from this slow death, crushing weight.
And if, by chance, we crash and burn
I'll hold your hand and remind you
It's better to burn quickly
Than to ever go quietly.

Comments about Drive by Patrick O'Reilly

  • (4/12/2006 4:14:00 PM)

    PATTIE I LOVE YOU! ! ! lol now that we got that outta the way I must say this poem is interesting...anytime ya wanna go on a ride just give me a call lol I'm always up fer an adventure! ! Excellent poem buddy keep er up! ! ! (Report) Reply

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  • (4/12/2006 2:08:00 AM)

    I live in such a town! Great endidng to this poem! Obey the speed limit. This poem merits a ten (Report) Reply

  • (4/11/2006 9:22:00 PM)

    A nice feel to this piece. I like the 'Take the wheel' exhortations. That feels very original. Regards. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, July 11, 2006

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