Barry Van Allen

One Foot Right

Poem by Barry Van Allen

I swear to you I saw him do it,
there is no way that a human being could do that,
No man can lift a car like that,
right up off it's springs, to the right... one foot,
and then set it down again... when it was stuck!

I was just a kid, of course,
I had not seen that much,
BUT, even I knew that I had witnessed
something special!
... and nothing like that since!

Get a 1967 Chevy Biscayne wagon stuck yourself,
if you can be 14 again, and be burning up the motor,
because you knew everything...
and piss - off the right guy, at the right time,
and let's see if you can do it!
- - - I didn't think so!

Maybe it would help if you spent
World War Two loading shells into the
big guns of destroyers...
- - - all day long for a couple of years!
... And then he walked back into the house,
to watch T.V.

I picked my jaw up from the ground,
... I grabbed that bumper, for a moment,
then I went to watch T.V. with him,
and nothing else was said.

As you know, I forgot that it ever happened.

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Comments about One Foot Right by Barry Van Allen

  • Dee Daffodil (3/10/2007 11:03:00 AM)

    LOL....My Dad once made me made enough that I moved a stuck car, with a long post underneath as a lever....then he said 'I've always told can do anything that you want to do, , , if you put your mind to it! ' Of course...I forgot all about that too... Terrific poem! !

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, March 10, 2007

Poem Edited: Monday, January 31, 2011