Tailgating

Tailgating

A Poem by R.E. Ray

Tailgating

 

I see you every day driving up & down

your dead-end road and around town

finger-drawn smiley faces on the windows

 

I can tell it’s hell to see through

the film and fog, especially the windshield

I wonder if it’s worse with the viral rain

 

your superficial smile washed away

your grief streaking the glass

blue horns dragging you back to the past

 

The headlights must blind your rear view

and drive you

mad, or to the edge

 

your mother, father, brother, sisters

all your gone loved ones

the cavalcade of ghosts - tailgating

 

I wave at you every day

I never know if you’re smiling or crying

I wave, I follow you anyway

© 2020 R.E. Ray


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quite the funeral procession. i've been in a few and always wonder about how the people feel.
definitely reminds of the kennedys. interesting ending leaves one wondering - would be easy if we all wore our hearts on our sleeves. death is a period, everything else is different punctuations. i always like the way you stir the pot and take me off the beaten path to think and feel differently. good stuff r.e. ... :)

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R.E. Ray

1 Week Ago

Thank you, Pete. I have the same appreciation for your work. I appreciate you reading another one... read more



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It took me some time to find a proper thing to say. Realizing someone's death is the worse process a person can deal with.
Death is a common theme, but only few can portray it genuinely. You, sir, never disappoint us. I enjoy reading your work. I like this one as well as "With No Reply." Thank you fondly for sharing.
I like this line: "the cavalcade of ghosts - tailgating"

Posted 4 Days Ago


R.E. Ray

4 Days Ago

Thank you for reading and your comments. It's good to read your review, specifically that phrase. I.. read more
So much compassion in this write! When ones family is gone, it is as if the past has been erased. A person can feel quite alone....as if in a cloud of dust. If only she knew someone was watching and trying to get through that cloud. The imagery in this is wonderful as are the emotions. lydi**

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R.E. Ray

6 Days Ago

Thank you very much, Lydia. All good observations and with such imagery. I appreciate you spending.. read more
a sad portrait of a woman whose life has been a struggle, but with whom you had affection at some point; maybe you feel sorry for her now, as she has lost her family; She is almost like a ghost, you can't see her well, but you know her history. You follow , tailgating without knowing if she's aware; a sad, emotional poem, so well constructed.

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R.E. Ray

1 Week Ago

Thank you, Betty. That's pretty accurate interpretation. :)
Betty Hermelee

6 Days Ago

Great! Happy 4th!
R.E. Ray

6 Days Ago

Thank you, Betty. And, the same to you.
quite the funeral procession. i've been in a few and always wonder about how the people feel.
definitely reminds of the kennedys. interesting ending leaves one wondering - would be easy if we all wore our hearts on our sleeves. death is a period, everything else is different punctuations. i always like the way you stir the pot and take me off the beaten path to think and feel differently. good stuff r.e. ... :)

Posted 1 Week Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

R.E. Ray

1 Week Ago

Thank you, Pete. I have the same appreciation for your work. I appreciate you reading another one... read more
This asserts that we all wore masks way after Halloween and long before COVID-19.
There is, for example, our true face and the one we wear to keep from attracting attention while in public.
Empathetic portrayal, poet!

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R.E. Ray

1 Week Ago

Thank you, Jimmy. I think every poet can relate to this one. Poets write, musicians sing and write.. read more
Yes the heartaches we all go through from minor to major
Thankfully this family has not suffered too much but usually smiling and carrying on, seems to be the norm.
Hope UR not suffering and things are going well

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R.E. Ray

1 Week Ago

Hi, Dave. Thanks much for your review. All is well in my house, though the community is still suffe.. read more
Some families seem to be visited by tragedies.This one made me think of the Kennedys, the last of the siblings, Jean Smith, having recently died. She was the survivor of all that large brood. I am sure she felt tailgated at times.

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R.E. Ray

1 Week Ago

Yes, and the Kennedys are among those families. I hadn't thought of them but it's an accurate image.. read more

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Added on June 26, 2020
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Tags: life, death, disease, coronavirus, COVID 19, grief, family, friends, community, depression, faith, poem, poetry, free verse, RERay