Thursday, February 21st, 2013...1:08 pm

ron whitehead | stevie fell out

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Stevie fell out

there were more than twenty piled crammed
squeezed front and back with Grandaddy Dick


at the wheel speeding up Matanzas Road
to Centertown when the old Ford swerved


in the sharp Crow Nose curve the back passenger
door popped open and Stevie fell out when


Grandaddy Dick finally heard the backseat voices
yelling then screaming Stevie fell out Stevie fell out


the tires burned rubber skidding as Grandaddy Dick
slammed on the brakes luckily it was autumn


Stevie brushed leaves off his clothes and out of his
hair as he crawled out of the ditch then raced


to the car which he dove into thankful to be alive
and not left behind Grandaddy Dick yelled


somebody hold on to that boy as tires squealed
burning rubber again the car filled with several


generations flew into the night

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