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 Ode to the Car Line
 

We sit like soldiers awaiting battle,
Curved in a make-shift corral like cattle.
Orange plastic cones are sentries rain or shine;
Janitors are traffic cops blowing their whistles in time.
You can’t run from the Car Line.

Frazzled mommies mindlessly turn the radio dial,
Grieving siblings nap sitting up for a while.
Bills are paid, books are read,
Gossip exchanged, infants are fed.
We make fun in the Car Line.

Conducting family business from the SUV,
We try to pass the endless hours productively.
Old wrappers, juice boxes; into the bag you go!
An impromptu car cleaning by the cell phone’s glow.
We get things done in the Car Line.

“I’m Pro-something!” shout the stickers on their backs.
Watching the needle on my gas gauge makes it hard to relax.
Radiators heat up and begin to spill,
Just as our tempers when we’ve had our fill.
We come undone in the Car Line.

At last I see the end in sight!
The gymnasium door just before twilight.
The distance between driveway and door seems like miles
Through hundreds of curses and pasted-on smiles.
We watch the sinking sun from the Car Line.

Exhausted, he climbs into the backseat,
While I get prodded with an obnoxious beep.
"What took you so long?" His voice a warning,
As I pull to the end again to be first in the morning.

We are one with the Car Line.

©2005 Tracey Henry

Divamail me! I have an iPhone and can check it from car line...

I was the 3rd car in 1st dimissal on Tuesday.... It will never happen again. (I arrived in carline at 1:55 ).
Posted by Bern, 08/27/09, 02:24pm
I love the " What took you so long" comment. So true!! Kind of like the
" how come you never wash clothes" when they want to wear the same pair of shorts or shirt everyday!
Gotta love it!!
Posted by Mandy, 08/28/09, 08:00am
I was ONCE in my friend's car line. Once was enough...egads. How apt!! Great one, Tracey!
Posted by jill, 08/28/09, 03:44pm
You are the Maya Angelou of the car line...
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Who didn't like this? Let HIM (had to be a male) sit in one of the damned things daily for a couple of weeks.
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I just chocked on my iambic pentameter with that Maya Angelou line. I may just have to get vanity plates with that...
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