Summer, school lot empty of students,
Now vacationers reveling. Driving lesson
In session. Two sisters in attendance
In a maroon Acura set to Gymnopedie,
The melancholy piece of Erik Satie.
Old car, tape deck, written in three
Quarter time, recorded over and over
On a loop. Gears, pedals, bars, chords
Defying tradition. The wheel turning painfully
Upon itself to the atmosphere, breathing
Sadness in the closed compartment hidden
From the sun, ambient notes strike beauty
On the stifled air as turn signals blink
Rhetorically, brakes depressed to avoid
Collisions with invisible cars. A dozen times
To park perfectly between yellow lines. Weaving
Gently to the quiet notes like a heart beating
Then gaining speed like a heart bleeding.
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