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How to Drive Under Her Influence

is not actually to drive, but to know when
the gas tank will begin to sing its lullaby to the road.
There’s a high note that happens ninety miles in.
Open your mouth to let the bees blow in.

The gas tank will begin to sing its lullaby to the road.
How to drive under her influence is to
open your mouth to let the bees blow in.
Dogs already know the secret. Just ask them.

How to drive under her influence is
heart beat, tire tread, ears dusting the sky like flags.
Dogs already know the secret. Just ask them.
It’s honey tongues and dirtsmear and neversteer.

Heart beat, tire tread, ears dusting the sky like flags.
Check her profile in your nearview mirror.
It’s honey tongues and dirtsmear and neversteer.
She can light her cigarette at a hundred kisses an hour.

Check her profile in your nearview mirror.
Her lipstick is named after places you’ve never seen.
She can light her cigarette at a hundred kisses an hour,
can hold the dog, the wheel, the bottle in her knees.

Her lipstick is named after places you’ve never seen.
Hold the dog, the wheel, the bottle in your need.
How to drive under her influence is to know.
Open your mouth and let the bees blow in.

 

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SOUND CHECK

Video shot using my MacBook Air and iMovie (I think?). Read aloud for the first time while recording with no edits and no prep. (Perhaps next time I should practice first? Ha.). Truly, I have no idea what I’m doing, but these will get better over time, I promise. This is a whole new era.
Words written in the big leather chair.
Time Taken I forgot to look.
Brain on what it means to move poetry from page to stage.

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This entry was published on May 2, 2012 at 9:42 am and is filed under May, Poems, Seattle, Self-Portraits. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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