MIDNIGHT DRIVES TO GEORGIA (MEMOIR)

(scroll down for a Gladys Knight YouTube video)

Missing the midnight trips

Trips to Georgia, but first

Perry, the northern part of Florida

On US 19

VW Rabbit gassed up

Reverse gear not working

Get out and push

To get out of the parking space

Georgia, finally

Frigid feet in Florida flip-flops

Pull to the side of the road

Put on heavy socks

In the back seat the dogs

Skippy Elvis and Steppenwolf yawn

As the golden dawn

Glimmers down

How long to Dahlonega

To pan for gold?

Roomie  wonders aloud

I flash my deck of cards and say

“I’ll consult the tarot”

We both laugh at the lame joke

Because who could be unhappy

This December morning

Eating PBJ on whole wheat

Looking forward to a week

Of hiking and shivering

In the snowy mountains of

Georgia

In those good old days

Of middle age…

© 2021 Clarissa Simmens (ViataMaja)

IMAGE: 1980s VW Rabbit, eBay

YouTube video Gladys Knight & The Pips, Midnight Train To Georgia