100 words: diagonal

And suddenly you are diagonal,
layers of malevolent wetness between
your bald overtired tires and
their one true love, the highway.

65 miles an hour, slanted,
shuddering, stutterstepping, white-knuckling it out;
There's more time to think
than you would probably think----

Think of your two kids:
The tall one with springy
springlike hair, impossible deep soul;
The short one with plans
for world domination through hugs----

Think of your wife, once
your girlfriend, once your crush,
Think how you two weirdos
have built this weirdo life----

Think of this while diagonal.

Later, after you have survived,
Think about it every minute

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