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’60s Drive By – Rick Hartwell

Shattered glass,
shotgun blast,
blacked-out car
driving fast.

Rural market shot up
by short-changed rebels,
payback fulfilled by
speeding past at 2 a.m.;
thunder and lightning
in Fairview Valley
echoes teenage-angst,
retribution and refund
from a sawed-off,
break-action 20-gauge.
but still with no
backward remorse.


Rick Hartwell is a retired middle school (remember the hormonally-challenged?) English teacher living in Moreno Valley, California. He believes in the succinct, that the small becomes large; and, like the Transcendentalists and William Blake, that the instant contains eternity. Given his “druthers,” if he’s not writing, Rick would rather be still tailing plywood in a mill in Oregon.


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