Road-rager

I actually had a road rager, who thought I should have slowed rather than sped up to let him on the freeway, follow me until i started taking lots of turns to elude him. Compassion welled inside of me for this man, and I wondered why he would have such a strong reaction to such an innocuous event as a yield. Here is the poem…
Road rager
Road-rager

I wonder
why you assume
that the girl in the old Honda
was trying to out-accelerate you,
trying to bar your entrance
to the freeway
rather than assume
I was trying to
make room for you?

Do you feel powerless?
Do you see the world
as forcing you to react
rather than you choosing
how to respond?

Are you searching for identity?
Wanting to be something grander?
Wanting what a new Mercedes
says about you
yet forced to settle
for a used Mercedes?

And the skull cap,
is it your barrier,
a way to project
the protection of a
tough image?
When really, I just see
a sad punk
who picks on little girls.

I am not afraid
I have something you don’t,
confidence, wit, and kittenness.
If you want to be loved
you have to be love-able.
But you are hard to love
Your anger
Your entitlement
Your prickles
Your walls.

Were you that child
whose only way of getting attention
was acting out?
Is negative attention your habit?
Are you afraid to let it go?
Is it safer to be angry and alone
than to risk rejection?

I am sending you healing energy.
My hope for you
is to let kindness flow from you
so that it can flow back
that you may love yourself
so that love can come to you.

Because all that matters is love
Not traffic
Not power
Not position
Not image
Just truth and love!

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About createthedawn

Dawn’s calling is for her poetry to “light the gloomy corners of the world.” She facilitates writing workshops both online and face-to-face and is a dynamic speaker on inspiration, innovation, change, and healing. Dawn believes in the power of poetry to process, to focus, to align, and to find our way to happiness and fulfillment. Thus, her business and her blog are called: create the dawn.
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