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Freeway DawnPaul Deane
Stop-and-go traffic staggers along,
bumper-to-bumper past the brink of dawn
till the raw gaze of the ragged sun
glances off fenders
and glares on the hills.
The news-anchor's voice keeps nattering on,
There's a public listing for this private hell.
But under the brush on bright-edged hills
and even where traffic inches and crawls,
like a sudden deer in the slanting sun.
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