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Checklist February 29



1 Nah nah nah.
2 Jazz and snow and highway
3. Slush on windshield
4. Driving to Clackamas on Interstate 5
5. Clack a moose. Sha na na.
6. The GPS interrupts the radio and I strain to make out the direction
7. Seventy three miles per hour
8. Scat & trombone.
9. Take five
10. Better homes and gardens
11. Age-proof your brain
12 The radio interrupts the voices if played loud enough.
13. Snow gives way to rain
14. Armstrong gives way to Holiday, gives way
15. I give way to merging trucks
16. Turn left in 3.7 miles
17. Shoobie shoobie do wop wop
18. I-5 gives way to I-205
19. Detour ahead
20. And thanks for your assistance
21. A shot in the knee
22. and it bends, it curtsies
23. A riff, a minor fall and a major lift
24 A crescendo leaving the airways and filling the highway
25. The drifts lie on the side of the road
26. I can now dance but cannot sing a solo
27. The snow again falls, big flakes that threaten
28. When Sunny gets Blue
29. Slush creeps back on the pavement
30. Balconies with wide eyes overlook the lanes
31. The GPS mutters again, then stays quiet on the return.
32. The temperature creeps up
33. Degrees

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Written on February 29, 2012

Submitted by Ariel on September 20, 2021

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Ariel

Ariel is a full-time Pacific Northwest poet, often participating at Oregon Open Mics events. She has been published in Gold Man Review, AIM, The Widow’s Handbook, and most recently in Terra Incognita, On The Platform Waiting and Free From Monsters. Ariel often collaborates in many Willamette Valley poetry/art projects and is a member of Oregon Poetry Association, Mid-Valley Poets Association, Willamette Writers and Poet. Her website is poetariel.net. more…

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