“Wheels” by Jim Daniels
Poetry 180: A Poem a Day for American High Schools, Hosted by Billy Collins, U.S. Poet Laureate, 2001-2003
My brother kept in a frame on the wall pictures of every motorcycle, car, truck: in his rusted out Impala convertible wearing his cap and gown waving in his yellow Barracuda with a girl leaning into him waving on his Honda 350 waving on his Honda 750 with the boys holding a beer waving in his first rig wearing a baseball hat backwards waving in his Mercury Montego getting married waving in his black LTD trying to sell real estate waving back to driving trucks a shiny new rig waving on his Harley Sportster with his wife on the back waving his son in a car seat with his own steering wheel my brother leaning over him in an old Ford pickup and they are waving holding a wrench a rag a hose a shammy waving. My brother helmetless rides off on his Harley waving my brother's feet rarely touch the ground- waving waving face pressed to the wind no camera to save him.
From Places/Everyone, 1985
(University of Wisconsin Press, 1985)
Copyright 1985 by Jim Daniels.
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About the Poet
Jim Daniels (1956 - ) is the author of two poetry collections, including Birth Marks (BOA Editions, 2013). Daniels has been teaching creative writing at Carnegie Mellon since 1981.
Learn more about Jim Daniels on the Carnegie Mellon University Web site.