The Drive

road in city during sunset

Open the door
Slide in
Gently close the door

Slip on the seat belt over my lap
Put the key in the ignition
Turn it forward

The engine roars awake
Vapors exit the exhaust
And she settles down

Check the gauges
Check the mirrors
Ready to go

Put in reverse
Back up
Shift back into drive

Go

My hands grip the wheel
Put weight on the gas pedal
My back pressed against the seat

The engine thunders
The car gallops ahead
Smoothly weaving in between cars

Where this road will take us who knows
But I’ll enjoy the drive while it last

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