what’s missed from the sunroof

you and me at midnight,
the windows down and me
standing through the roof
with the stars shooting
down like arrows.
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my heart was pounding;
it was me and you,
the stars, the empty road,
just us at 40 miles an hour.
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you wouldn’t drive any faster;
you were safe and gentle
and oh-so-kind; it was simple
then. ease your foot off the gas;
we’re both fine.
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I always wanted
thrill, the pedal-to-the-floor
kind of love. I wanted
the wind to thread through my hair
like your fingers would, I wanted
new, ever-changing air,
breath in a new moment. I thought
that’s what we wanted.
I thought that’s what we had
and knew—the rush, the speed,
every second ours.
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But it seems like my kind
of love’s what brought us down;
press the gas, hit a nerve.
We both crash and skid
to a stop, but not before we’re burned.
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Too fast, too much, too high,
that’s what sent us soaring;
hopes and fears and ires alike, pouring
from a starless sky.
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2 thoughts on “what’s missed from the sunroof

  1. Loved this! Have windsurfed in my day…not advised as a parent due to danger…however tying the rush of love and the twists and turns one faces when navigating a relationship is equally thrilling and in turn it has its dangers as well. This was brilliant…I relived it in both the car and my heart and was reminded that life is a long and winding road. Sometimes we need to step on the gas and take some risks and sometimes we need to slow it down and use some caution. However, all of the time we need to be true to ourselves and remember that although the skies may look dark…the stars are there. 🙂

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