a metaphor crosses the road

martha mcferren

Sometimes super cool
is nothing more than
pure preparedness.
Like my friend Janet
who was terrified
someday she'd swerve
to miss a dog
and demolish her car
and kill herself
and maybe her children.
For years, whenever
she got behind a wheel
she was thinking,
Hit the dog, hit the dog,
and finally one night
the dog got there
and she slammed
flat across him.

I cried real tears
when Lassie came home,
but i'm worth something, too.
Let's both watch out, dog.

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