(spin cycle) 55

by Richard Paez

watch the world through window-pain eyes
as wide as this wide-wide glass
passive voice, passive watcher, passive realization
that passive-resistance becomes bliss
at exactly fifty-five miles per hour

no despair-hope, no
no distractions
no anger-passion, no
no distractions
just the whole-wide-world steady flow-by
smooth-roll-on no-brake no-gas
just the motion/less, motion/blur of motion/lines suspended
over landscape-asphalt-landscape
yellow-black-yellow stripe-stripe pass-me-by
at exactly fifty-five miles per hour

no memories, no
no rear-view microscope
no retro-action, no
no distractions
just the persistent through-the-windshield beauty
of forward/motion, forward/thinking
just the big-beautiful-world of slip-by
streak-marred asphalt flowing
now blurred with the soon/before and the past/after
steadily frozen and
at exactly fifty-five miles per hour


Posted on 10/09/2002
Copyright © 2023 Richard Paez

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Christina Bruno on 11/24/02 at 07:15 AM

Spontaneous images...nice flow. nice poem :)

Posted by Anne Engelen on 01/15/03 at 05:28 PM

being the speeddevil I am, 55 is a steady speed...not fast enough to pass things by without noticing them, and yet just fast enough to not think one stands still. Lovely read indeed...great flow!!

Posted by Ann Krischus on 04/09/03 at 11:28 AM

i am just learning to drive and this is how i feel when i'm having a good time. great poem.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 04/30/03 at 01:59 AM

Love the detailed, concrete, yet highly poetic descriptiveness of this piece. Makes me want to hop in the car (if I had one) and go for a drive. Maybe why I prefer being a passenger. Wish I had written this...glad you did. Kudos Richard!

Posted by Michele Schottelkorb on 03/15/04 at 09:19 AM

if we cruise through life at a steady pace, we most likely will survive and live long... BUT, we will not see all that we could see if we slowed down and sped up once in a while... without memories, stuck in passivity, life (and the PASSION for life) would become quite dull... you have sparked intuition in my mind with this soul-searching and revealing lesson-full piece... intuition to see more than what is at the 55 zone... brilliant brilliant poem... blessings...

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