In Case of Meeting a Giant Gorilla
My sis at twenty-one and I, at fifteen,prepared to visit a friend in Maryland
about a five hour drive from P-A.
As we loaded our luggagemy mom, meanwhile,
stuffed the back seat.
Battery cables, jugs of water,
firstaid kit, extra food, blankets,
a fist full of change-“just in case.”
“Let’s take a bunch of bananas,in case we meet a giant gorilla.”
How did I make it to sixteen?
We didn’t use most of Mom’s suppliesbut the water came in handy
to wash the windshield.