Poets Corner

On Leaving San Diego


When in San Diego rain drizzles

— trucks and cars go dancing on the freeways...— like drunken ballerinas-gliding on ice.

They smash against each other, or hit stationary objects...

surprised and inexperienced drivers blame the weather.

On a casual, sunny day vehicles turn

—without giving proper signal— of course.

Here's one making a right turn!

On to the left lane... thank you.

Another making a left turn! on to the right lane... congratulations,

You have just failed a simple driving test.

For this reason and others I am leaving San Diego.

By L. Rodriguez-Gaona

June 1999

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