In the wrong lane, the slow one—
I do what I have to, to get out.
It takes awhile, and the dynamics
of the lanes shift. Shift again.
Nineteen minutes to get there.
Cars pass me, but why do I care:
I still have time. It’s being
behind the curve that rankles—
I want to catch the traffic lights’
green wave, latch onto the tailwind.
Carol Moldaw is the author of five books of poetry, including, most recently, So Late, So Soon: New and Selected Poems (Etruscan Press, 2010), and The Lightning Field, winner of the 2002 FIELD Prize (Oberlin Press, 2003). Her first novel, The Widening, came out in 2008. Her poetry has most recently appeared in The Massachusetts Review, Harvard Review, Poet Lore and The New Yorker.