Sitting at stop signs and red lights or
In rush-hour traffic can seem endless,
Except for several essential tasks
That make time productively flow.
Assorted pragmatic rituals bond with being
Behind the wheel but moving not at all:
Essential Kegel exercises for pregnant
Women and for women of a certain age;
Stretching neck muscles in 360-degree
Rotations yields swifter blood flow and
More flexibility for checking blind spot
--Less tension is additional by-product.
Extending leg muscles by pretending to
Pump old-fashioned Singer sewing machine
Prevents swollen ankles and calves, à la
Effect from extensive pan-oceanic air travel.
But best use of car stoppage time is writing:
Items for grocery shopping; lists of errands
and tasks; journal entries; rants and raves.
Even better, writing poetry to pass time.
Poetry beckons and encourages nuanced
Observation of self and world; tilted head
Enhances understanding via oblique or muted
Shades; shifted perception clarifies knots.
Ann Beth Blake
(c) September 21, 2013