Anarchy in a Small Town: The Four-Way Stop

I stop. You stop,
We all stop.
Now what?

Your turn.
The guy on the left
Was next.

But you wait.
Hesitate.
To see whether
I have busy business
And want to go first.

The last to stop,
The lady in the wagon
Proceeds
With a nod to us all.

I nod. You nod.
We all nod.

Then go on
With our lives,
Each out of turn.

~ Helen Gamble

Helen Gamble is a small town folk poet, former big-city bureaucrat who uses her diverse life experiences to colour her writing. She has had opinion and travel articles and the occasional poem published, in print and on-line and coordinates a monthly writing circle.

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