Police siren
My Thoughts During My First Drive Alone
After Getting My Driver’s License

by Jack Habegger

Baiting and waiting
waiting for the blues to cease
waiting for the hungover overblown overexposed deviants
to crash head over halfway into my corner of oblivion

I do not wait for the sirens to quiet
they beckon and repel as I crawl into sleep
I do not wait for them to walk out, out from natural rejection

Who are you to persuade us?
I say as I turn away, buckling.

who is left for you?

nobody wants that part of you anymore
the system of stopping and silently holding on
no longer appeals to the part of you that
dangles from outstretched fingertips

waiting in miracles
hoping for a disaster
the sirens persuade us.

PHOTO: “Siren” by Chalabata, used by permission.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I wrote this poem to illustrate my thoughts while I was driving alone for the first time. It was a surreal experience, and I felt as if I was finally independent. I remember these thoughts vividly, even the ones not particularly pertaining to the experience itself, as seen in the final piece.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jack Habegger is the award-winning cartoonist of the on-going comic strip Peachy Clinker. Jack also works in other forms of art, providing illustrations and designs for music festivals, posters for dramatic performances, and various marketing pieces. His illustrations and/or designs have been featured on t-shirts, posters, book covers, and CDs.

AUTHOR PHOTO: Jack Habegger drawing at his art booth at Bummerfest, a music and art festival, in 2015.