In Lieu My Broken Car Horn by Wanda Morrow Clevenger

Wednesday marks senior
discount day
mid stride movers and shakers
and all the ballyhoo is disheartening
so the old boys meet at Hardee’s
for java refills
and sallies loot Walmart parking lots

a full day off her game
one of the walking wilted
with a restricted license
and tissue tucked brassier strap
wanted to play chicken
pulled into a space
and crossed the white line
into my spot

a holiday Salvation Army
bell clanged
in lieu my broken car horn
in half-turn wait for her to blink first

for twenty militant seconds
the hoary didn’t budge
I didn’t budge
then she turned and stared
out the side window
―she’d played the game before.

Wanda Morrow Clevenger
Wanda Morrow Clevenger is a Carlinville, IL native. Over 365 pieces of her work appear in 131 print and electronic publications. Her debut book This Same Small Town in Each of Us released in October of 2011. She is currently polishing a full-length poetry manuscript.
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