Things That Go Bump in the Night
by Mary Leonard

Did I tell you
________we were almost smashed to smithereens
Friday night near the mall?

Heard a truck about to leap into and over our red Impreza--
________then the animal, yes, it roared like the sound track
from some 50's sci-fi flick,

the animal, the green monster,
________________landed at our side, the driver saving us
by switching into the service lane.

He shifted the green pickup
________back and forth as if to calm the beast
or get it into gear.

Never made eye contact.
________Never waved A-OK,
Never mouthed sorry.

Is it too early to drink straight gin?

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