Alec Gourley πŸ”ˆ

The Commuting of Base Metal

This year turns into an ever-decelerating series
of slow-motion car crashes.

But they don’t call them crashes anymore, do they?

Just incidents.

Certainly not accidents.

A concertina-like catastrophic cacophony
of unsyncopated sudden percussiveness,
coming in at the wrong time
in the wrong place
in someone else’s journey.

I see parts of myself in the squeeze-boxed bumpers,
while other parts stand at the roadside with a cigarette
looking at their phones.

This is our usual procedure:

hi-vis civility and the scene of a fireman in full regalia
applying a broom and sawdust to the surface
of a major arterial route, now blocked.

Other occupants get cut free,
whether liable or not,
willing passenger or not,
reluctant pilot or not.

Rubber necks and stony hearts pass by,

slightly slowing down,

where the cast of the rush hour soap opera
played out the latest predictable episode.

Where are they going?

Where is anyone going, anyway?

We take these things from the vehicles:

religious relics,
rusting newspapers,
mismatched sports socks,
encrusted trainers,
faith in the future –

redeemed from their earthly life
in cube form at the breaker’s yard,
the last now completely
unnecessary, anyway.

People stop talking to you.

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About the Author

Alec (Algo) Gourley is from Ireland. In self-imposed isolation, Algo only wears black and enjoys studying the school of Austrian Economics, reading comic books, and meditating.