I hate trucks that overtake trucks on the motorway
Bunging up the middle lane as a HGV inches, or
Waddles past another HGV on the motorway
Do I chance the fast lane or slow and wait as
The truck slowly glacially overtakes the other truck
On the motorway?
I was thinking about this when one of the tires
Of the truck overtaking the other truck blew
On the motorway, exploded in a puff of brown smoke
And the truck lurched into the fast lane
And back into the middle lane and the tire
Was in shreds
And brakes were applied
And we almost died
But in the end, nothing happened
Because I wasn't in the fast lane
And we got home
And I wrote my fourteenth poem
And now I've mentioned that it's my fourteenth poem
Some of you - not nastily, but understandably -
Are wishing that I'd been overtaking
The truck the was overtaking another truck
On the motorway.
John Bleasdale is a writer. His work has appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, Il Manifesto, as well as CineVue.Com and theStudioExec.com. He has also written a number of plays, screenplays and novels.