What’s Your Rush B’y?

I imagine how he figured, “That show poke in the van
must have nothing better to do. I’ll buzz right by him when I can.”
So he tucked his truck in close behind stomping on horn then brake and gas
all the while weaving back and forth looking for a chance to pass.


I saw the pickup back from far behind, the headlights a laser blue
burning the message, “Outa my way, there’s no time to wait for fools like you.”
Next thing he was just behind, and in my rear-view, the impatience clearly showed–
foolish anger in his eyes as tried to pass on that twisty road.


Near a hilltop the road widened some so I pulled over to the side.
Better to let him go on his way than risk life out of foolish pride.
No thanks would be forthcoming, just a middle finger, then a blast
from a horn and from all 8 cylinders as the truck just roared on past.


And what emergency could have caused the rush on such a fine clear day?
I wondered, looking closely at the cargo he was carrying on his way.
No crisis, just some groceries and new big screen TV.
A trip back home from Costco meant, “get aside You! Make room for me!”


And since I was stopped anyway I grabbed the cap, gloves and SLR,
jumped the guard rail and hiked the top of the hill, after all it was not far.
I saw some sights worth stopping for that I’d otherwise have missed
some good could still be had from this even though the other guy was pissed.


The sight of tranquil homes that sit so quiet by the shore
masks the feverish headlong rush through life where every action becomes a chore.
I wondered most about the driver and the TV he carried with such a lack of grace
and how no hi-def feed could ever give the view found round this place.

For in his haste he passed right by the beauty that life could show him.
But his rush left me with some photos and words with which to craft this poem! πŸ™‚


About Maurice A. Barry

Coordinator: Teaching and Learning Commons, Faculty of Education, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Parent & Husband. eLearning consultant/coordinator. Program Development Specialist - eLearning (Department of Education; Retired). Writer: over 40 Math/Physics texts/webs. Developer & Manager of web content. Geek. Not into awards but loves comments.
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19 Responses to What’s Your Rush B’y?

  1. Mjollnir says:

    Some great views there Maurice and hopefully ‘white van man’s telly will blow up! πŸ˜€

  2. Mary says:

    “I saw some sights worth stopping for”……Worth stopping for indeed~~! Beautiful ! I miss that landscape so much – everytime I see one of these photos I want to fly down and walk those paths~

  3. Wow!

    Reminds me of a comment my partner once said about ‘we’ll pass him in the ditch’. Sadly they did.

  4. jennypellett says:

    Haha, now you’re upping the ante – travelogue combined with poetry πŸ™‚
    Your scenery is so wildly beautiful – shame about Costco Man. How much he is missing.

  5. Yup … I, like you, simply pull-on-over for folks like that. And, as you say, looked what he missed. His loss … but, from your description, he didn’t sound like much of a Nature Lover in any case. More nice images of a very, very, beautiful place. So clear, away from point sources as you are. Nice. D

  6. Tiny says:

    The B-type got some awesome pictures thanks to the A-type πŸ™‚

  7. johnlmalone says:

    I enjoyed your poem, Maurice and the spectacular views. It seems like these tailgaters are everywhere; like you I pull over and let them pass; some even give me a cheery wave for being so considerate πŸ™‚

  8. elkement says:

    It took me a while to respond as I can’t help but linking this to my current old-slow-quiet-WWW nostalgia. The images are again beautiful – yet I think of any sort of “virtual” rush… instant response culture, unnerving pop-ups of all kinds of communication tools that should make us more productive etc… I know the relation is quite remote – but in any case this is about the allusion of achieving something faster if you speed up in the most pointless way.

  9. tw says:

    I’m glad you pulled over – better safe than sorry with people like that on the roads. The photos are lovely, missing out on this is his loss, we get one life and spending the whole time zooming around and harassing other drivers doesn’t seem to be any way to live it, at least not to me.

  10. TamrahJo says:

    I used to entertain myself during events such as this with a frantic waving and yelling, “No, wait! The Hospital is that way – that way! You are going to the ER, right?”


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