Marvin Lurie

Driving Around In The Dark

1951
Driving around in the dark on back country roads,
two teens liberated by a Model A Ford Roadster,
testing how fast it could go
racing from one intersection with its single overhead light
to the next one a mile away
trailing a rooster tail of dust.
We'd find a corner store still lit,
stop to talk to the clerk
about how hot it was,
how lonely with only a radio and country music for company.
Once we missed a one lane bridge
and drove into a shallow creek.
We found a farmer who came with his tractor
and hauled us back on the road.
He said, "You guys should be more careful."

1957
Driving around in the dark on the empty streets
of a small, Midwestern university town,
in aimless random turns
watching our lights sweep across intersections, houses, stores.
Two guys liberated by seclusion.
We could be who we were, not held back
by anyone who couldn't understand or keep up.
Sometimes we composed chains of rhymed quatrains.
We followed police cars
until they noticed and stopped us,
found the shot gun un the trunk.
We said it was for hinting rabits,
nothing's going on.
We were just driving around to talk.
One said, "You guys should be more careful."

 

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