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December 29, 2021




at the crosswalk

being a pedestrian

I had the right of way

but the car was coming

though the driver saw me

(their little wave showed it)

so I paused, let them go first


I gave up my right of way


my body remains intact


I think thats a win



This could easily have been a poem discussing

the lack of regard some drivers seem to have

for people on sidewalks that they must cross.

Whose urgent need to be THERE right NOW

pre-empts their consideration of public safety.

But once I started it didnt turn out that way.



A poem by Peter Rhebergen
Copyright 2022
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