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David M. Tookey
~ for Louis Jenkins
On the way home
I rarely make a certain traffic light.
Usually I end up waiting at the red
with other folks.
Long ago, I learned that
when you stop, you should be able
to see the rear bumper
on the car in front of you.
Recently, my daughter learned that
when you stop you should
be able to see where the tires
on the car in front of you hit the road.
Now when I stop I make sure
I can see where the tires
on the car in front of me
hit the road.
now off to college
still helping me
make it through the day.
© by David M. Tookey.
Used here with the author's permission.
David M. Tookey lives in Seattle, Washington, where he is an elementary school teacher. A bicycle is his main mode of transport around town; David says he finds he can tinker with poems in his head as he rides. He also enjoys baking bread and, after exploring colleges with his daughter recently, he is filled with hope after seeing and interacting with so many terrific young people.
Isn't it amazing how others, alive or dead, can truly live within us?
Posted 01/29/2020 08:27 AM
Simplicity and clarity--hallmarks of excellent poetry David. Thank you.
Posted 01/29/2020 08:12 AM
Very nice memory with driving, your daughter, and what you'"e learned. A dad who learned from his daughter, great dad!
Posted 01/29/2020 06:00 AM