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1935 Ford
Glen Sorestad


I close my eyes and I can still see him

behind the wheel of a green Ď35 Ford,

his grey Fedora tilted just so,

a suggestion of debonair,

both hands thumbs up on the wheel,

a lifetime habit learned from herding

gravel trucks with primitive steering

across the rough early roads of the plains.

But most of all, I can see his smile,

the easy grin of a man at home

behind the wheel, his view of the world

panoramic, a great rolling vista,

humming to himself and smiling,

scrutinizing the standstill world

as if it were his feudal manor,

his throne the driverís seat.


Glen Sorestad is a Canadian poet, fiction writer, editor, publisher, anthologist, and public speaker. Author of more than twenty books of poetry and many short stories, his work has appeared in more than seventy anthologies and textbooks. His latest books of poems are Hazards of Eden: Poems of the Southwest (Lamar University Press, 2015) and Water and Rock, co-authored with Jim Harris (LCM Press, 2017). Glen served from 2000-2004 as Saskatchewan’s first Poet Laureate and has given public readings of his poetry in every province of Canada, as well as in the U.S. and many parts of Europe. In November of 2010, he was inducted into the esteemed Order of Canada for his lifetime of outstanding literary achievement, dedication to his community, and service to his nation. Glen lives in Saskatoon; learn more about him here.

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michael escoubas:
Glen, your poem brings to mind stories told by my elders, whom I thought were "old" but who captivated me with just such colorful memories.--Thank you!
Posted 04/11/2018 11:50 AM
Wonderful memory. Thanks, Glen
Posted 04/11/2018 11:44 AM
I love that word Fedora.
Posted 04/11/2018 09:31 AM
Paints a wonderful visual picture. Love it!!
Posted 04/11/2018 08:51 AM

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