March 25, 2013

Pandemic


At first,
only the young
seem afflicted,
driving fast,
mouthing off
with a smile.
Then their fathers
lead us all
on high-speed chases,
wasting gas,
making news,
burning oil.
Finally, even the old
can't stop running,
paying any price,
just to crawl
one last mile.
No one knows
on what distant road
engines fail,
what miracle cure
might bring them back,
for awhile.

3/19/13