It is so easy, when distracted,
say, by a chicken, selling fireworks
from a kiosk on the roadside,
to let the tires drift slowly
from the straight and narrow
pavement into mud
that sucks us down so hard,
or loose and scattered gravel
that inveigles us sideways
on the slope, into the ditch.
The experts say to slow it easy,
steer gently into a smoothing glide
back upon the road while watching
warily in all directions at once.
When we are old there is no time
for expert stuff. Jerk those worn down
tires back up onto the road.
John Robert McFarland