Assume the bumps are not people

Avatar Author: Jesse Blake What fascinations there are on this planet. Read Bio

I’ve run over many people
Or at least it’s a possibility.
There’s so many bumps and jitters in the road
Who is to say I’m not running over feet
Or crushing someone’s skull?

I’m probably wrong, I mean
There would be blood
Or a dent, or a crooked fender.
Screams and news reports,
Or someone making a big deal out of it.

But still I find myself looking back
To see if someone is laying in the road flat.
I was exiting the car wash and my back wheel went off the curb
Or was it some unfortunate soul
Getting caught up in my tire?

This is not a way to live, always looking back.
Always being unsure if I’m killing pedestrians.
And the sticking fear is, I can never know for sure.
But for my peace of mind
Assume the bumps are not people.

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  1. Avatar Martin R Cass

    I love this character; it is quirky and unpredictable which makes me want to read more. Although I dont see why you have formatted it to read as a poem. I think it would read fine as a straight story.

  2. Avatar Ronnie

    Curve = Curb

    Ha ha. I do love a good dark comedy. I really liked the first paragraph.

  3. Ahfl_icon THX 0477

    Sadly enough this is not an atypical presentation of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). Nicely described with just the right voice, I thought.

  4. Avatar Jesse Blake

    Thanks! Mental disorders can be interesting.

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