Road Rage THIS AND THAT

 

MALE, ROAD RAGE

HUSBANDS

COULD IT BE GENETIC?  HOW CAN A QUIET, THOUGHTFUL MAN GO BALLISTIC OVER WHAT SEEMS TO ME THE SLIGHTEST INTRUSION INTO “HIS” SPACE ON THE ROAD?  OR A HORN HONK FOR THAT MATTER.  WE ARE CELEBRATING SIXTY YEARS OF HAVING ESCAPED FROM BEING BATTERED, RUN DOWN, THREATENED WITH VIOLENCE BECAUSE OF HIS REACTION TO A “RULE OF LAW” ACCORDING TO HIM.  THESE “RULES” INCLUDE RIDING HIS BUMPER,  NOT DIMMING HEAD LIGHTS, CUTTING IN FRONT OF HIM TO TURN LEFT/RIGHT, DRIVING WAY TO FAST OR WAY TOO SLOW.  WEAVING IN AND OUT OF TRAFFIC TO END UP ONE CAR IN FRONT OF HIM AT THE STOP LIGHT.

HE HAS ACTUALLY GOTTEN OUT OF THE CAR AT A STOP LIGHT TO “ENLIGHTEN” THE IDIOT OF HIS  LUNACY .  I’VE DUCKED DOWN IN THE SEAT SO THAT I’LL NOT BE A WITNESS TO HIS BEING BATTERED, SHOT, OR ANY OTHER FORM OF BODILY HARM FROM THE NOW VERY IRATE DRIVER.  I KNOW THAT SOMEDAY I AM GOING TO BE THE VICTIM OF A RANDOM SHOOTING INSPIRED BY MY HUSBAND’S ANTICS.

OH, YES, I HAVE RANTED AND RAGED AT THIS “QUIRK” IN HIS PERSONALITY.  I’VE  POINTED OUT  THE FUTILITY OF IT ALL, THE DANGER OF IT, THE….(&&)*&()%$# OF IT, BUT TO NO AVAIL.  MY SOLUTION?  I GET INTO THE DRIVER SEAT BEFORE HE CAN.

YEARS BACK, I WAS A BIT CONCERNED THAT THIS TRAIT HAD BEEN INHERITED BY OUR DAUGHTER.  I SAW THIS RANDOM PICTURE OF A YOUNG WOMAN CAUGHT IN A FAMILIAR SITUATION AND THOUGHT OF LJ AND THE POEM SHE WROTE YEARS EARLIER WHEN LEARNING HOW TO DRIVE:  (TAKEN FROM LJ’S JOURNALS IN CHRONICLES OF LAURAJO)

 

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DRIVERS

BY

LauraJo Engebrecht

You blow your horn and cut me off
I want to swear and kick.
But being mad feels awfully bad
So I think on GOD a bit.

(First) I ask Him for a thunderbolt
To blow your car apart.

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Then thinking twice,I ask Him nice
For understanding in my heart.

So maybe if I knew just why
You act like such a jerk,
I’d trade the thunderbolt
For simply ice cubes down your shirt!

(LJE)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DANDY THE LIONHEARTED

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DANDY THE LIONHEARTED

BY

PAT ENGEBRECHT

 

 ONCE UPON A TIME

BEFORE THERE WAS TIME WHEN ALL WAS BLACK AND STILL IN THE VOID AND SILENCE ECHOED, AND ECHOED. NOTHING, BUT…WAIT!  WHAT IS THAT?  A TINY SMALL DOT OF TRANSLUCENT COLORGLOWING BLUE BALL APPEARED OUT OF NOWHERE.  WHAT?

   GLOWING BLUE BALL

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IT BEGAN TO GROW AND DANCE IN AND OUT AND IN AND OUT.  IN THE SILENCE A SONG WAS BORN, A SONG OF LOVE.  WITH EACH THRUST AND NOTE THE BALL GREW BIGGER AND BRIGHTER, THE SONG LOUDER AND MORE BEAUTIFUL..THE WONDROUS BALL GREW AND GREW UNTIL, WHEN IT COULD CONTAIN ITSELF NO LONGER, IT BURST WITH A WILD EXPLOSION SENDING LIGHT, LOVE AND SONG THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE.

GLOWING BLUE BALL                                               EXPLODING BALL OF FIRE

 

ZAPS OF LIGHT: RED, ORANGE, YELLOW, GREEN, BLUE AND PURPLE ZIGGED AND ZAGGED SINGING NOTES OF HARMONY, DANCING THROUGH AND ABOUT EACH OTHER.  THE GREAT BALL DID NOT DISAPPEAR BUT MERGED AND EMERGED WITH ALL THE OTHER LITTLE LIGHTS, SOME JAGGED AND BRIGHT, OTHERS FUZZY, GLOWING BALLS.

 

ALL THE UNIVERSE MOVED IN HARMONY, SWAYING AND ROLLING, A DANCE OF SPARKLING JOY.  AND THEN IT SEEMED THERE WERE WORDS TO THE MUSIC:  “DID YOU HEAR?  DID YOU HEAR?  WE’RE GOING TO EARTH TO BE, TO BE WHATEVER WE WANT TO BE.”

 

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THE LIGHTS FLASHED, DARTED AND GLOWED AS THEY SANG, flowers images

 

 

 “FLOWERS, THAT’S WHAT WE’RE GOING TO BE!  THE GREAT  LIGHT SAID WE COULD, SAID WE SHOULD BE  WHATEVER WE  WANTED TO BE.”

HOW TO DECIDE?  MY OH MY…CHOICES FAR AND WIDE…THEY SIGHED.  FZZZT, LZZZT, PZZZT AND ZZZZT WARBLED AND WOBBLED IN CIRCLES AND SQUARES.  WHAT TO DO?  WHAT TO DO?  WHAT TO BE?

“I KNOW, WE’LL GO TO THE GREAT LIGHT FOR HELP.” FZZZT DECIDED.

“SHOULD WE?  COULD WE?”  PZZZT WHISPERED LOW.

“OF COURSE.  THE GREAT LIGHT’S THE SOURCE OF ALL THAT WE ARE, ALL THAT WE KNOW…LET’S GO!”  AND FZZZT FLASHED HIS LIGHT AND MADE A DASH AND ZAPPED RIGHT INTO THE GREAT LIGHT.  BEFORE PZZZT OR LZZZT OR EVEN ZZZZT COULD BLINK A RAY, FZZZT WAS BACK.

“WHAT DID HE SAY?  WHAT DID HE SAY?”

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I’M GOING TO BE A LILY, A LILY.  I’M GOING TO BE A LILY.  LILIES ARE BEAUTIFUL, WHITE, PINK AND ORANGE.  THEY STAND TALL AND PROUD.”  FZZZT WAS QUITE LOUD IN SINGING PRAISES OF LILIES.  “PEOPLE LOVE LILIES IN SPRING, SUMMER FALL.  LOVE, LOVE THAT’S WHAT LILIES ARE.”

“WELL, HERE GOES.”  AND LZZZT WAS OFF IN A FLASH OF A DASH, AND BACK ALL AGLOW.

“OH IT WAS SO HARD TO CHOOSE.  I COULD BE A PETUNIA   WITH FLOWERS LIKE TINY CUPS HOLDING DEW DROPS FOR HUMMING BIRDS TO DRINK, OR A MARIGOLD THAT GLOWS IN THE SUN, OR A HOLLYHOCK  STANDING TALL BY A FENCE, BUT I CHOSE A DAISY.

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I’M GOING TO BE A DAISY BLOWING IN THE FIELDS ON THE SUMMER BREEZE, PETAL ALL WHITE WITH GOLDEN CENTERS.

GIRLS WEAR ME AS CROWNS IN THEIR HAIR WHEN THEY DANCE  AROUND     MAYPOLES IN SPRING.

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LOVERS WILL DECIDE: ‘LOVES ME, LOVES ME NOT’ WITH MY PETALS.  OH YES, IT’S ALL SETTLED.  I’M GOING TO BE A DAISY.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PZZZT HUNG BACK, SHY AS COULD BE.  “I DON’T KNOW,” SHE HUGGED HER SPARKS CLOSE.

“DON’T BE SCARED, IT’S O.K.  YOU’LL SEE.  THE GREAT LIGHT WILL HELP YOU DECIDE WHAT YOU WANT TO BE.”

“YOU THINK?”  PZZZT’S VOICE TREMBLED, HER LIGHT SHUDDERED WITH FRIGHT.

“GO! GO!”  THEY ALL SHOUTED. PZZZZT  GLIMMERED AND GLOWED AND WITH A DEEP BREATH, DISAPPEARED INTO THE LIGHT.

“WELL?” THEY ALL SHOUTED EXCITED TO SEE PZZZT’S LIGHT WAS QUITE BRIGHT.

SHE DIPPED IN A CURTSY SO FULL OF PRIDE, “I’M GOBLEEDING HEARTING TO BE A BLEEDING HEART!” SHE CRIED.  “THEY GROW IN THE WOODS IN THE MOSS AND THE FERN.  THEY’RE LACY AND DAINTY, CREAMY WHITE/RED.  THEY GROW FOR LOVERS IT HAS BEEN SAID.”

 ALL THE LIGHTS DANCED IN CELEBRATION, GLOWED AND HUMMED IN CONGRATULATIONS.  ONE BY ONE THEY CHOSE TO BE  ROSES IN THE SUMMER.

 

 

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PANSIES IN THE SPRING

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PRIMROSES, AND POPPIES, TULIPS GALORE, AND LILACS OF COURSE.

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POPPIES

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AT LAST IT WAS ZZZZT’S TURN TO CHOOSE.  DIDN’T KNOW, DIDN’T KNOW, GLIMMERED AND GLOWED.  STARTED, THEN STUMBLED AND TUMBLED RIGHT INTO THE LIGHT. SO BRIGHT!

LAUGHING WITH SONG, ZZZZT DANCED BACK TO THE LIGHTS WHO WERE ALL FLASHING AND DASHING WAITING FOR HIM TO ANNOUNCE WHAT FLOWER HE’D BE.  HIS GLIMMER TURNED BRIGHTER WHILE ZZZZT ZIGGED AND ZAGGED.  “I’M GOING TO BE A DANDELION, A DANDELION, A DANDELION.  I’M GOING TO BE A DANDELION.”

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“OHHHH…”  THE NOTE HAD UNDERTONES ZZZZT HAD NOT HEARD.   A SIGH, NOT HAPPY AND GAY.  WHAT?  WHAT? WHAT DID HE SAY?

THE SIGH ECHOED AND ECHOED THROUGHOUT ALL CREATION.  PZZZT SLID CLOSE, THROBBING AND BOBBING TOUCHING ZZZZT MIXING IN AND OUT OF HIS LIGHT.  “HOW DID YOU CHOOSE? ARE YOU SURE, REALLY SURE YOU WANT TO BE…TO BE A DANDELION?”  HER LIGHT WAS QUITE DIM AS SHE CIRCLED HIM.

THE OTHER LIGHTS ECHOED, REECHOED THE QUESTION.  “ARE YOU SURE, REALLY SURE YOU

WANT TO BE…A DANDELION?        main_dandelion_th

 

“WHY NOT?  WHY NOT?” ZZZZT BUZZED AND CHURNED IN HIS AGITATION. DISAPPOINTED. HE WAS EXPECTING A SHOUT OF CELEBRATION.  “A DANDELION IS YELLOW AND BRIGHT.  FIRST COLOR OF SPRING.  A GLOWING SIGHT!”

“DOESN’T HE KNOW?  DOESN’T HE KNOW?” THE QUESTION ECHOED OVERSHADOWING THE HARMONY OF THE SONG.

“KNOW WHAT?  KNOW WHAT?” ZZZZT ZIGGED AND ZAGGED, HIS LIGHT GREW EDGY WITH SPARKS.

“SHALL WE TELL?  SHALL WE TELL?” THE OTHER LIGHTS BOBBED AND THROBBED WASHING AROUND ZZZZT LIKE A CLOUD.  “PEOPLE DON’T LIKE DANDELIONS!”  THEIR YELL WAS QUITE LOUD.  “DON’T! DON’T! DON’T!  THEY’LL DIG YOU UP OR SPRAY YOU AWAY.  ‘DANDELIONS ARE PESTS,’  THAT’S WHAT THEY SAY.  NOT OK! NOT OK!”

“OHHH,” ZZZZT’S LIGHT DIMMED, FADED ALMOST.  PZZZT FLEW BY MIXING HER ENERGY WITH HIS.

“WHAT DO YOU REALLY WISH TO BE, TO BE?” SHE WHISPERED QUITE LOW.

“I DON’T KNOW!  I DON’T KNOW!” ZZZZT’S LIGHT SPARKED AND CRACKLED IN HIS AGITATION PUSHING PZZZT’S ENERGY AWAY.  SHE HOVERED JUST OUTSIDE HIS FIERY SHOW OF SPARKS  WATCHING HIS COLORS BRIGHTEN AND DIM.

“WHY DON’T YOU ASK THE GREATLIGHT FOR ADVICE?  DANDELIONS JUST AREN’T VERY NICE.” PZZZT KEPT HER LIGHT DIM NOT WANTING TO FRIGHTEN HIM.

“YOU THINK I SHOULD?”  ZZZZT GREW PENSIVE GATHERING HIS LIGHT CLOSE.  “DO YOU THINK IT WOULD BE ALRIGHT?  THE GREATLIGHT   WOULDN’T THINK I WAS SILLY OR BOLD?”

” YOU KNOW WHAT HE SAID.  WE CAN  BE WHAT WE WANT TO BE.  THE GREATLIGHT INSISTS THAT WE CHOOSE.  HE’LL UNDERSTAND.   GO!  GO! GO!”  PSSST GAVE ZZZZT A GENTLE NUDGE.

HE SPUTTERED A BIT, DANCED UP AND BACK.  “BUT, BUT…”

“GO!” SHE BRUSHED HIM PUSHING HIM ON.  “SING THE SONG,” SHE ECHOED, “SING THE SONG.”

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“WELL…” IT WAS ALMOST A PURR.  “HELLO, ZZZZT, BACK AGAIN?”

OHHH MY GOODNESS.  WHAT TO DO?  ZZZZT DIMMED HIS LIGHT SO NOT TO APPEAR BOLD. WHAT NOW? HE STUTTERED, “YOU SEE, SIR,”  HE DIMMED EVEN DIMMER.  “IT’S ABOUT GOING TO EARTH.  LIZZT’S GOING TO BE A LILY ALL PINK AND WHITE AND FZZZT’S GOING TO BE A DAISY AND…”  ZZZZT FLICKERED AND COULDN’T GO ON.

 

“YES,” HUMMED THE LIGHT, “FINE CHOICES I’D SAY.”

“BUT,” ZZZZT CONJURED UP ALL HIS ENERGY AND  BURST OUT, “I CHOSE A DANDELION.”  ZZZZT’S SPARKS FLEW.  “BUT THEY SAY, THEY SAY, NOBODY LIKES DANDELIONS, THEY SPADE THEM AWAY!  THEY DO? THEY DO?”

THERE HE’D SAID IT AND HIS LIGHT WAS QUITE DIM FROM ALL THE EFFORT IT HAD TAKEN HIM TO CONFESS HIS DISTRESS.  “IS IT TRUE?  IS IT TRUE?  MAYBE I SHOULD BE A LILY LIKE  LZZZT.  PEOPLE LOVE LILIES.”  OH ZZZZT WANTED TO DISSOLVE, TO FADE QUITE AWAY.  THE GREAT LIGHT WRAPPED AROUND HIM IN A WARM, SOOTHING RAY.

“YOU KNOW, ZZZZT, I ALWAYS WANT YOU TO BE WHAT YOU CHOOSE TO BE.  NOW DANDELIONS ARE QUITE WONDERFUL IN THEIR VERY OWN WAY.  I MADE THEM FOR CHILDREN WHO girl-with-dandelion-silhouette_23-2147499339LOVE TO BLOW THEIR LIGHT AIRY GLOBES SPREADING SEEDS ON DOWNY GOOD WISHES.

I MADE THEM FOR PEOPLE WHO LIKE ZESTY DISHES,dandelion-salad-14880938

AND A DELICATE WINE FROM THEIR GOLDEN BLOSSOMS.

DANDELIONS MUST BE STRONG AND DETERMINED YOU KNOW.”

 

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THE GREATLIGHT CONTINUED TO STROKE ZZZZT’S SPARKS.  “DANDELIONS HAVE VERY LONG ROOTS TO SEE THEM THROUGH DROUGHTS, BLIZZARDS AND FROM SHOVELS AND HOES FOR YOU ARE RIGHT, MANY FOLKS LOOK ON DANDELIONS AS A BLIGHT, AND WILL DO ALL THEY CAN  TO PURGE THEM FROM SIGHT.

NOT EVERYONE CAN BE A DANDELION, ZZZZT.  IT TAKES COURAGE AND PLUCK, IT TAKES DETERMINATION NOT TO GET STUCK IN BELIEVING ALL THE TALES YOU WILL HEAR.  I HOPE IT’S DELIGHT AND NOT FEAR THAT YOU’LL FEEL IN BEING A DANDELION.”  THE GEATLIGHT’S VOICE WAS FULL OF CONCERN AS HE CONTINUED TO  CARESS LITTLE ZZZZT’ SPARKS.  “YOU LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU DECIDE.”

 

 

“YOU LOVE DANDELIONS?”  ZZZZT’S QUESTION WAS LOW, ALMOST A WHISPER.  “WILL I HAVE THE COURAGE IT TAKES TO BE?  IF ONLY YOU COULD COME BE A DANDELION WITH ME.”  ZZZZT DIMMED IN HIS YEARNING.

“LOVE YOU?  OF COURSE!  AND ZZZZT I’LL ALWAYS BE WITH YOU, YOU’RE PART OF ME.”

“YOU’LL BE WITH ME WAY DOWN ON EARTH?”

“YES.”

ZZZZT DID A FLIP, WHIPPED IN AND OUT.  GONE WAS ALL OF HIS DOUBT.  “WELL, YIPPEE!  DANDELIONS, YOU AND ME!”

“WELL…”

ZZZZT LANDED WITH A SPLAT.  HE DIDN’T LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT “WELL…”  IT WAS AS IF THE GREATLIGHT HAD SIGHED.  “IT MAY NOT BE AS SIMPLE AS THAT.  I’LL BE THERE WITH YOU, BUT YOU WON’T KNOW BECAUSE I WON’T SHOW AND YOU WON’T REMEMBER ME.”

“REMEMBER?”  ZZZZT TREMBLED AND SPARKED.  “REMEMBER?  HOW COULD I FORGET?”

“YOU’LL BE SO BUSY BEING A DANDELION, ZZZZT.  A BEAUTIFUL, GOLDEN DANDELION.  IT WILL TAKE ALL YOUR TIME, ALL YOUR REASON AND RHYME.

“BUT YOU SAID YOU’D BE WITH ME.”

“AND THAT I WILL, AND WHEN YOU ARE  VERY, VERY STILL, WHEN THE SUN’S MORNING RAYS BRUSH YOUR GOLDENNESS, YOU’LL FEEL ME DEEP INSIDE.  THAT’S WHERE I RESIDE IN EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU.  WE ARE ALWAYS TOGETHER.”

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“AND I CAN COME BACK, BACK HERE WITH YOU?”

THE GREATLIGHT RUBBED LITTLE ZZZZT’S SPARK.  “LIKE I SAID, WE ARE ONE, YOU AND I FOREVER AND EVER.  NOW YOU RUN ALONG, YOU’LL BE A GREAT DANDELION, YOU’RE VERY CLEVER.

ZZZZT SPARKLED AND WHIZZED IN DELIGHT THEN DARTED FROM WITHIN THE GREATLIGHT.

HIS FRIENDS DANCED AROUND HIM CHANTING IN SONG, “WHAT WILL YOU BE? BE? BE?”  THE MELODY ECHOED THROUGHOUT ALL SPACE.  DID YOU CHOOSE AGAIN, AGAIN?”

“NO!” ZZZZT SPARKED HIS BRIGHTEST.

“OH?  NO?”

‘I’M GOING TO BE A DANDELION!”

AND ZZZZT  SHOT UP IN THE AIR IN A GREAT EXALTATION!

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