Monday, April 1, 2013

Recent Sighting . . .

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?
Founder of Detroit, Antoine Cadillac:
names, a place, a product tarnished.

~ originally appeared in Sugar House Review