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View from the Passenger Seat

 †  
Looking at me    
bemused †  
tired eyes crinkled, smiling †  
it's clear you don't understand  
why I hitched this ride †  
and never looked back †  
† †
Through every bump and curve †  
every quick-brake †  
head bouncing off the windshield †  
burning rubber † †
blowout tire †  
van in the ditch collision †  
† †
(we survived more than one) †  
† †
I called shot gun †  
claimed my seat †  
and I stayed †  
† †
We laughed until we cried †  
and cried until we laughed again †  
hurt so much we didn't know where †  
one began and the other might end †  
† †
there's no reason in pain †  
† †
or in love †  
† †
and I was (am) †  
† †
with your hands †  
calloused and strong †  
clutching the wheel †  
driving through your valleys †  
showing off sunsets from hilltops †  
listening to beach birds †  
sharing your stories †  
while waves lapped the sand †  
marking time †  
† †
In the aftermath †  
struggling to breathe †  
finding our feet †  
hurling expletives † †
hearts in hands †  
"fuck you" meant more † †
than three little words †  
could contain †  
† †
I understood †  
because this love †  
is ugly-beautiful †  
† †
I'm riding shotgun †  
till the end




Written by paperstains
Published | Edited 16th Feb 2021
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