Forgotten feel-good poem
February 17, 2011 3:28 AM   Subscribe

Long forgotten poem filter: do you know who wrote this poem?

I don't remember the title or author or how I came across the poem. It has been close to 15 years since I encountered it, but it may be older than that. In it, a man (the narrator, I think) describes how, while hitch-hiking, a car pulled up as if to stop, but drove off as a prank instead, leaving the narrator angry and hurling abuse (something like '...leaving me revenging myself on his wife, his kids, government and god...') He concludes by pondering whether they both would have been happier if he had called 'good luck' after the driver instead. It's a philosophy I admire but have yet to live up to. Reconnecting with the poem might help :)
posted by londonmark to Writing & Language (3 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Maybe something by Stephen Wing, a poet and author who spent 16 years on the road (1974-1990). His book Crossing the Expressway: Poems from the Open Road is specifically about hitchhiking, but unfortunately the website only has excerpts.
posted by amyms at 1:13 AM on February 18, 2011

I sent Stephen Wing an email and he very kindly wrote back to tell me it's not one of his.
posted by amyms at 10:41 PM on February 19, 2011

Hi Amyms, thanks for checking! My hunt continues... :)
posted by londonmark at 4:12 AM on February 22, 2011

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