digital montage - ralph murre
Recent Sighting of a 1962 Cadillac
by Pat Tompkins
Fins bristling and grille smiling,
top-down in December,
the blue car cruises: a living fossil.
The driver of this terrible lizard
keeps his own speed limit, fails to signal, glides
through stop signs confident as a general.
Is the man behind the wheel a connoisseur,
freezing a highlight in red taillights,
like a fly preserved in pitch?
Is the driver also the driven?
Antoine Cadillac: Detroit
names, a place, a product tarnished.
~ originally appeared in Sugar House Review