Before there were cars

by Kara Hayostek

A long time ago, before there were cars
We only had planes to get near and far

But after so long, people complained
Planes were too dangerous and hard to maintain

“I wrecked my mailbox!” “And I killed the cat!”
“There must be a better way to get where we’re at”

Upcoming elections was the president’s fear
So he set out to find the best engineer

The engineer came, the problem defined
“What we need to do is make’em streamlined”

He took out his saw, and chopped off the wings
Took off the landing gear and changed all sorts of things

What he had left, was something bizarre
No longer a plane, he called it a car

That’s how it happened, how we invented the car
And that’s why there are runways in every front yard.


Author's Note: I wrote this for my creative writing class, the assignment wasnt very inspiring. I got the idea from a little "trip" back in highschool where this kid was trying to convince us that cars used to be airplanes, streetlamps were really tall people lighting ciggarrettes, and that palm trees were really brontosaurus. Though i couldnt really hear what he was saying as I was trapped in an invisible box. lol

Posted on 07/25/2004
Copyright © 2021 Kara Hayostek

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Susan Q Tomas on 07/26/04 at 02:36 AM

Oh my goodness, I can not believe how cute this is! It tickles my funny bone just right!

Posted by Allan Haslinds on 07/26/04 at 05:02 PM

Silverstein. Definitely Silverstein.

Posted by Rula Shin on 07/27/04 at 09:52 PM

Absolutely adorable and lighthearted and fun...a great write for your class :-)

Posted by Rula Shin on 07/27/04 at 09:53 PM

For some reason it also reminded me of that question, "why do we park in a 'driveway' and drive on a 'parkway'"?...I know it's not really related but still one of those things that just popped in my head when I read this hahahah

Posted by Rula Shin on 08/27/05 at 02:18 PM

Congratulations on POTD!! :-)

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