The through

Parking lots hold terrors for the brave:
the simple act of shopping is preceded
by trials that’d roll Ford over in his grave
because we know that if we don’t succeed at

parking so we exit from the spot
nose first, we’ll leave it, quaking, in reverse,
afraid of hitting someone also not
able to see past that SUV, or worse:

driving a luxury car that hitting will cost you
more than the shopping is worth for the rest of the year.
The only solution is back in or look for a through:
for a through lets you exit without any fear for your rear.

So throw aside terror and heed this through hunter’s advice:
the through is for shoppers a way to make stopping quite nice.

       *    *    *

Ever since that expensive rear-ender in the parking lot
(The coast was clear, and I was backing out
when somebody else backed into my path)
I will no longer park where I have to back out:
I park only in throughs. I would rather park
in a through and walk a hundred feet than
in a back-out near the Main entrance.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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