Slow Car Chase

the newspaper explained it this way
that the driver was not drunk
he did not have any passengers
he drove a blue oldsmobile alero
which from the license plate
they were able to figure out
that the car belonged
apparently to his step father
but it had not yet been reported stolen
at first he was spotted by an officer
who observed that he was swerving,
following the yellow dotted lines
that separated the two lanes
of a one way street like the steps
from an old dance book
with the illustration of a man holding his partner
dipping her deep to the ground
and her hair sweeping the floor
like the final stroke of a japanese calligraphy
that symbolized everlasting peace.


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