Airbags Deployed

Way ahead

was dark

drear

dismal.

Couldn’t see

for miles

for fog

for yards.

Rearview

mirror

wipers

not a thing

was working.

Steering

blindly really

auto on.

Road bumps

turbulence

or what

you will

were all

too willing

too available

too there

just there

right on it

Thud!

Like that.

Visibility

was down

a downer

anywhere

was nowhere

seen.

 

Where

clarity

the RAC

some squad

that rescues

travellers

on call saint

sojourners’

pre-demoted

christopher

for all

de

mot

iv

at

ed

still the

motor

running

though

seatbelts

fastened

odds were

looking

dire.

Pitstops

on the way

no chance

or chances

risky.

Pelted

window

panes

pained

by tears

blurring

visual

hope

to steer

car

plane.

But miles

of belted

journeys

undertaken

experience

desire

to land

to reach

other side

of void

airbags

deployed.

Test

passed

again.

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10 thoughts on “Airbags Deployed”

  1. I love the way in which you have extended this metaphor, Anne-Marie, and you structure works perfectly. There are those who pull over after the first pot-hole and wait for help, and those of us who journey on despite the damage. I guess we’re in the same vehicle!

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    1. Thanks, Chris. I’ve you to thank for thinking about the journey and perceptions after your poem of yesterday and our weather conversation of a few days before. The metaphor arose from a journey I one had to take late at night from St. Andrew’s on the east coast back to Glasgow. It was horrendous, couldn’t see a thing in front of me except for a few yards at a time. Weather diabolical, kids in the car and wondering if I’d end up in a ditch. But, in the end, home safely. I think relationships can be a lot like that. White-knuckled ride some of the time but worth pursuing. Old bangers aside! 😉

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      1. Always amazing how inspiration is all around us and how seemingly independent events can act as analogies for one another. Glad I had a little input here – certainly sounds like quite a journey, both literally and metaphorically!

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