"old school" poem
I thought I'd share this with you guys. I was going through some boxes in
the attic and found an old high school newspaper dated May 3rd, 1946. This
was my Mom's school paper (San Mateo hi) that she saved. Anyhow, while
looking through the paper, I spooted this poem that was apparently left in
the staff room, anonymously in 1946.
"That Hot Rod" - Anonymous 1946
All kinds of gadgets and a "Winfield Pot"
No windshield on it and the brakes were shot.
He could peel rubber in high when others could not.
There was no doubt about it, his car was hot.
Solid panel hood, fastened with a lock,
When asked what he had, he'd say "strictly stock".
But we all knew well that this was all rot,
'Cause the word had gone 'round that his iron was hot.
He even got tickets, as such tickets go.
They were not for speeding, but for flying too low.
He'd dig out in low, 'cause his car was hot,
And be peeling rubber 80 feet from the spot.
Whining engine and pipes that blubber,
Roaring mufflers and the scream of rubber.
Wound up in second and the same in low,
There was no doubt about it, his car would go.
Shifting of gears to him was an art,
In a race with him, you were whipped from the start.
He'd speedshift to second and snap it in high,
His car would go and that was no lie.
But all things must start and all things must end,
'Cause iron will give and steel will bend.
So he got his on a Saturday night,
He was feeling good and his engine was right.
Now he really shouldn't have tried to pass,
But he dropped it in second and gave it the gas.
Headlights were shinning, bright in his face,
For once it looked like he might lose a race.
Even then there was time; he could have turned back,
But his car was hot, so he wouldn't give slack.
A deafening crash that was heard a mile,
And two cars were heaped in a pile.
A thin wisp of smoke from his engine came,
And soon his car was a great sheet of flame.
It had turned over twice and burned on the spot,
There was no doubt about it-his car was HOT.
That was cool. I wonder if Henry Felson was around those days, the writing has a little of that influence. Thanks for sharing.
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