Papa?s Car

Sometimes we?d just drive, not going anywhere in particular

By Daniel A. Olivas
Published on LatinoLA: May 3, 2004

Papa?s Car

Papa?s car was battleship-sized ?
a gray station wagon that creaked
and moaned with every turn.

Clear vinyl pulled tightly over the
seats revealing even more gray.
The rear seat faced backwards
so that when I sat there, I could
see where I had been, but not
where I was going.

Papa?s gray station wagon took
us places like Venice Beach, or
the dentist, or maybe a fiesta at
my school or even to Abuelita?s

Sometimes we?d just drive, not
going anywhere in particular,
and I would fall asleep feeling
safe as Papa maneuvered our
ship through the vast ocean of
Los Angeles.

About Daniel A. Olivas:
"Papa's Car" is from Daniel's unpublished collection, "Crossing the Border: Poems." Visit his website at www.danielolivas.com.

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