It’s cold and dark
then morning again, sun up
on the empty satellite parking lot
lots and lots of cars through the day
then night again, can’t see a thing, or anyone
all my metal chilled, my glass frosted over.
They must be coming back.
I watch the jets go over and over
over and over again, always the same jet sound
line of white smoke lays across the sky,
spreads out and goes away.
And the parking lot is empty again.
This feels lonely, even to me, a Van.
Especially lonely when it keeps repeating,
But they must be coming back.
Here comes the shuttle van again
and here come all the Thanksgiving families,
gathering somewhere, inside lots of houses, driveways
and garages full of motor vehicles, like every year,
and there goes that van again, emptied out
gone back to the airport for more.
You would think that someone would feel compassionately inclusive
about their own Ford Van.
I don’t think they know that I have a sense of compassion.
How would they know?
They don’t even know me enough to rotate my tires.
24 hours later
Well, ok. They aren’t coming back.
But I’m not going to let all my tires go flat over this.
I’m compassionate, but clever, too.
I have a plan, and I'm heating up my own wires
to turn on my radio—yeah, there it is—on!
Now I have romantic background music
for my romantic plan.
To start my own engine.
Been a while, nights and days revolving around each other,
so yes, the engine is cold.
I’ll keep trying.
Yes! There it goes, cough
so much smoke coming out of me,
I’ll let myself run awhile.
Listen to the music.
I'm vibrating all the way through;
my metal warming softer
my paint job coming alive again
my glass gleaming clear.
And the music, here, I’ll turn myself up.
Mozart, How I love Mozart. And I know this one well,
Piano Concerto #20 in D Minor, K 466 - 2. Romanza.
They don’t know that, for a Van,
I’m compassionate, clever, and cultured.
But to hell with they.
Always getting my pistons in a knot
worrying about they.
I’m all warmed up, have my gas pedal down.
Goodbye parking lot. I’m off to race the jets,
leave my own vapor trail, but wait.
I don’t want to leave any kind of trail.
Twist a little to the left
again, again, once more;
I unscrew myself
and there go the license plates.
I’ll never run out of gas.