Knocking Along the Rhythm of Survival

I began this poem back in March and forgot about it until I found it in a folder this morning while I was looking for errant bits of weblog template code that I'd misplaced. I gave it a bit of a reworking and thought I'd post it as a reminder that IT'S NOT WINTER ANYMORE.

snow on the highway

I panic in the back seats of cars in winter.
I can't count the highway lines through blowing snow.
and blizzards erase the telling dip of telephone wires.

I rescue the world from chaos with the quadruple tap of my finger.
I mete out order.
I touch my leg, play the record thump of a train on tracks in my mind,
and feel a tumbler fall into place.

There's a lock being opened in an invisible door,
as though I could exit through the back of a secret room,
fall down a rabbit hole,
and be repatriated by a tornado.
Things are safer on the other side once you've found the key.

The numbers and intuitive balance required
of laces and highway lines and handles on doors
knock me along the rhythm of survival,
and my car won't crash.
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Elan Morgan

Elan Morgan is a blogger, designer and consultant, and speaker who blogs and works from schmutzie.com, spreads gratitude through the graceinsmallthings.com social network, celebrates quality blogging with the canblogawards.com, and speaks all over. She has been seen in the Globe & Mail, Best Health and Woman's Day magazines, TEDxRegina, and on CBC News and Radio. She believes in and works to grow both personal and professional quality, genuine community, and meaningful content online.

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