Written in 20 minutes, with the Carrizozo Writers
I glance at the gauges on the dash
110 miles per hour
temperature is good
Oil pressure – right where it should be
Getting a little low on fuel
Rain glistens on the windscreen
Charlie Rich croons on the radio
I need to start looking for that Texaco
the one with the diner, the one recommended by the sign just back
Texaco bacon sounds good about now
or eggs, over easy, perched atop a slice of sourdough.
Maybe a Sinclair
The green dinosaur
They used to be called Brontosaurus. Brontosauri?
But that’s changed now.
Why would a dinosaur change his name?
Was a judge involved in that business?
Rest Stop 15 miles
Does anybody need to pee?
Next services 90 miles
That must be Flagstaff
It seems about right
Can I make it?
I have an extra two-and-a-half gallon can
in the boot.
I can make it
I will make it
I am the master of my fate
Flagstaff is just a bump in the road.
Just a bump in the road
A bump in the road
time’s up – step away
- 90 miles to Flagstaff
- to be or not to be
- I am the master of my fate