Joke About Car EnginesIt was clutching, full moon glow,
breathing headlights, ruby-red,
park our cars along the roadside,
by the uneven fenceposts, by the rusting twine,
watch the dust-dew, starry-eyed cascade.
Hands rhythmic, sweating clear and cold,
tapping on the windshield tinting,
rubber and steel between us and a four-foot
fall to the ground, rolled around in darkness:
something I wish.
There was cowardice and cutting license cards,
trembles of breath beneath the drive-in light;
it became of itself, thought to say anything,
oh, and never could be done, though,
by the end, it was known.
Skin of a wax mask,
sweating plastic cups,
drawn tight, hour after hour,
deeper and deeper, pores and freckles,
exploding with lacquer-grease finish.
This is the light's perishing, kept alive
by tubes and knobs, pins and switches;
farmers in formers ages had been correct,
never meant for this time, never meant
to be so defiant.