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Humour Poetry

Writer’s DUI

By Penny Wilkes

I grip the wheel stung

by consonants and vowels.

Nouns smudge the windshield.

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As windows swarm with phrases

Verbs whine, bite and beg me

to pick up a pen at 65 mph.

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“Write me. Me. Me. Me.”

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Ideas flash and honk my horn,

they force swerves and street slaloms

as I sing to stay on the road.

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When mind fireflies go incandescent,

I beg for red lights or stop signs.

Oh, let traffic slow.

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On manic freeways

No stopping places

When the buzz heightens.

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If I’m cuffed for DUI* when writing,

will the kind officer trade the ticket

for a signature on my poem?

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*DUI – Driving Under Influence is punishable as it involves driving a car while impaired by alcohol or other drugs (including recreational drugs and those prescribed by physicians), to a level that renders the driver incapable of driving safely.

Penny Wilkes, MFA, served as a science editor, travel and nature writer and columnist. Along with short stories, her features on humour and animal behaviour have appeared in a variety of publications. An award-winning writer and poet, she has published a collection of short stories, Seven Smooth Stones. Her published poetry collections include: Whispers from the LandIn Spite of War, and Flying Lessons. Her Blog on The Write Life features life skills, creativity, and writing:  http://penjaminswriteway.blogspot.com/

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