Refusing to Stay in

sometimes i know
i startle too easily
like last summer
when i was sent reeling
by the sound of my car
running over the rumble strip
and crossed three lanes
crashing into
the guard rail opposite-

thank god there was no traffic
thank god i was buckled in

what else can i say about it?
it was an overreaction
i jumped and jerked the wheel
to get away from a noise
i found terrifying

driving again after that
became my top priority
i wanted to do it without fear
without sweating

and on the highway
sometimes it seems
like i didn’t succeed
i flinch changing lanes
i still drive
nervously

but if i can keep driving
again and again
after the accident
i can do anything

i just have to refuse
to stay in

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