Smash One and Smash Two

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My husband grips the handbrake
our firstborn clicks her tongue
She’s bopping to the radio
he asks
‘Who turned that on?’

He quickly kills the music
then tells her ‘take it slow’
Lesson number 21
okay so here we go!

‘Both hands on the wheel’
‘Give that cyclist space’
‘You took that corner way too fast’
‘Now this time use your brakes’

I see her in the mirror
looking at herself
I grip my seatbelt tighter
and worry to myself

She sees a friend oncoming
now’s her chance to shine
hanging out the window
she gives him the peace sign

My husband has a heart attack
and screams for her to stop!
he needs to ‘chill’ she tells him
then falls into a strop

My husband loves his grey hair
he says he’s earned each one
our kids can drive us…
Up the wall
but driving is not fun

When we have three to manage
Log books, fights and turns
both our girls have passed the test
Now sonny wants to learn

…….

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2 thoughts on “Smash One and Smash Two

  1. Were sadistic enough to write a poem about getting my three lads licensed it have more in common with Wordsworth’s ‘After Visiting the Field of Waterloo” but you have developed a style Claudie of taking an apparently remote view of those closest to you and putting down entertaining narrative poetry that complains loudly while love whispers quietly between the lines.

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