Dairedee BurrisLandwehr

Rookie - 10 Points (May 2,1989 / Kansas)

Lines - Poem by Dairedee BurrisLandwehr

My mother drove barefoot
Setting the needle at 80
Eating up the road
Like ashes of a lover.

I sat in the back
Eyes pressed together
Praying to a god
I no longer believed in.

It annoyed her
That I was afraid
Throwing her into

'You want scared? ' she'd say
Turning around to face me,
Swerving from one side
To the other

Laughing when we hit
The warning strips,
Watching me jump
Bump bump bump.

I was never prepared
Feeling naked and blind
The way she went
Between poles.

She’d go into stores shoeless, too
Padding down linoleum aisles,
Her heels coming down hard
While I trailed behind,

An afterthought,
Gathering stares from
Suburban housewives
Sniffing for gossip.

I used to wish
The warnings were in life,
Indicating when she
Went over the lines, and

I should brace for impact.

Comments about Lines by Dairedee BurrisLandwehr

  • (2/4/2010 1:16:00 AM)

    Tragic and deep and everything a poem should be. Terrific work Dairedee.10+ (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 29, 2010

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