But before I got here,
I was driving home—in a free, wide-open mood
from Trader Joe’s,
had some nice, highly-spirited conversations
with half the staff,
turns out they all like me.
I sorta thought so but now
I sorta know so, and I feel great.
Not that I’m so nipple needy
but it’s true what they say about community.
Guess I won’t hide from it anymore.
Well, anyway ...
I was driving home from Trader Joe’s
just now, feeling the loose and casual
but overwhelming ZING! of humanity
right down my spine.
But I lost control of my car in the blizzard
that is still going on out here and
I went into a long skid
sliding straight at a tree
in a 35
the radio on number ... well, way up Loud—
Tracy Chapman singing
"Give Me One Good Reason."
Yesterday was so bad, I thought
as I slid toward the tree,
back home a box of senior citizens down the hall
smelling like The End.
Give me one good reason not to go
straight into this tree, sang Tracy,
as I slid closer to it.
But today felt so good.
It had been such a friendly afternoon.
Still sliding, I thought:
if this is it, if I'm about to get killed
this is a good day to go,
a good way to go
everybody liking me out at Trader Joe’s.
I settled into the skid
turned up the radio
but the car began to fish-tail,
spin, ballerina around, and I missed the tree
and everything else
The car and I were facing back west,
the road empty, the snow still sending mail;
I drove back in that direction.
This not the end.
And I didn’t really just get home.
But I’m on the way.