A racecar is not a riot

rushing shops on 4th and Main,

rolls in ovals to lengths

measured in flag waves—

rods, pistons, engines go,

bare hands, gloved hands,

mechanical shutter arms

in charge. A racecar is not

a symbolic blast bursting

barriers of sound and ash

after collided crossed

signals in paddles stuck

in fixed positions offering

incorrect information.

The storms are not coming.

The storms are here. Slick

roads fogged shields mud

grass now a hazard.

A racecar is not  a pace car.

Everything moves too quickly.


Christina M. Rau is the author of What We Do To Make Us Whole, the Elgin Award-winning Liberating The Astronauts, and two poetry chapbooks. She serves as Poet in Residence for both Cedarmere and the Oceanside Library (NY) and was 2020 Walt Whitman Birthplace Poet of the Year. Her poetry airs on Destinies radio show (WUSB) and appears in various literary journals. When she’s not writing, she’s teaching yoga or watching the Game Show Network.

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