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Michael Philips


Car Wreck on the Old Coast Road


The most humorous
Car wreck I witnessed
Was on the old coast road.
I had returned to my cabana at dusk
After observing a hilarious shark attack
From the bluff above the beach.
The clouds were a smooch of pink.

I'd just sat down with my book,
Canterbury Tales, which
I was reading for the fourth time.
What an underrated book, I remember thinking.
Yes, I know it’s famous, but
You don’t usually find it on
Anyone’s top ten.
Not even top twenty.
You probably read it back in your
Treasure Island years.
If you read it again, I’m sure you’ll
Discover new insights swooshing off the page
Like little geysers.
Savoring the rich language that careens towards you with
Bright headlights while you’re crossing the Old Coast Road,
I’m sure you’ll move it up a few notches,
Maybe even into your twenty.

Submitted: Wednesday, October 11, 2006
Edited: Friday, October 15, 2010

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  • Rookie ... ... (12/5/2006 2:59:00 PM)

    hi mike, haven't got chance to get on sight in ages, glad i did.........you lead the reader off track with your title, ....your wry humour etc is a pleasure...as always a joy (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Scarlett Treat (10/11/2006 9:27:00 AM)

    I love the clouds 'smooched' pink, I am still working on the shark attack, and I am going to read a certain book! Wonderful work. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie John Kay (10/11/2006 9:00:00 AM)

    Michael...as usual, I love your sense of humor, which always rings true. John (Report) Reply

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