The (Car) Chase

Written specifically for @robertleebrewer and @munstermangy on Twitter.

Veering to the left,
I narrowly miss,
an octogenarian,
and her grocery bag,
as she takes a tentative step,
into the street.

As my rear tire hits the curb,
I hurriedly maneuver,
to keep my car on the road,
and off the sidewalk,
and the pedestrians gathered there.

I hazard a glance in the rear view;
Yes, they are still following,
inching ever closer,
not seeming to lose any ground,
as I speed down busy streets,
making random hairpin turns,
nearly killing every passerby,
and myself.

Why are they chasing me?
Whoa! That was close.
I swerve to narrowly avoid,
the garbage truck,
bearing down on me,
and take a gulping,
frantic breath;
They are getting closer.

I downshift and pop the clutch,
as I turn one more corner,
feeling like McQueen in “Bullitt”;
too tight! My tires screech,
complainingly as they slide,
losing purchase on the,
slick macadam.

As I finally lose control,
coming to a grinding rest,
with a sickening crunching thump,
my life blood pumping through,
the gaping hole in my chest,
I see my pursuers advancing;
they are nearly upon me!

My vision fades to gray,
with blackness creeping in,
at the edges,
as I see the ambulance turning,
into the hospital across the road,
and realize too late,
what a dumb@ss I am;
they weren’t chasing me at all.

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About Tim Keeton

Flashfiction published by Seedpod Pub. Poetry appears in Read Write Poem 2010 Anthology. Founder & creator of the Undead Poets Society
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2 Responses to The (Car) Chase

  1. Jodi MacArthur says:

    Those octogenarians sure cause alotta trouble for undead poets.

  2. love this bit: “My tires screech,/complainingly as they slide,/losing purchase on the,/slick macadam.” It’s only fair I try to do one as well.

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