There’s no reason to warm up a car anymore
no need to idle the engine for
at least 30 seconds, sometimes 60
no reason to stare through the
carport watching the sky, the trees
no need to remember the carport
and idle the engine in the new garage.
The birds probably prefer it
anyway it’s quieter
except if they try to fly in a window
or screen designed to keep them out.
The pedestrians prefer it too
even with ear bud stuffed ears
music or podcasts strapped to the
arm or waist or in a handbag
as they scoot up or down central
avenue heading for class, the bookstore.
There’s no reason to warm up a car in the garage anymore
one garage stuffed with a couch and TV
one garage stuffed with a red sports car
(two guys hovering, the car never driven)
one garage stuffed with a recycle bin
(tools and garbage piled to the side).
There seems to be every reason to keep
the garage door open.
L.B. Sedlacek is an award winning poet and author with poetry and fiction appearing in many different journals and zines. Her latest poetry books are “The Adventures of Stick People on Cars” (Alien Buddha Press), “The Architect of French Fries” (Presa Press) and “Words and Bones” (Finishing Line Press.) She is a former Poetry Editor for “ESC! Magazine” and also co-hosted the podcast for the small press, “Coffee House to Go,” for several years. She teaches poetry at local elementary and middle schools and publishes a free resource for poets, “The Poetry Market Ezine.” In her free time, LB enjoys swimming, reading, and taking guitar lessons.