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The Roadside Assistance Prayer
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Susan Rooke


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Let us give thanks today
for one of the Lord’s great blessings,
the Roadside Assistance program,
the guardian angel
of the hapless driver
who cannot change a tire,
like me,
or whose rear differential
cracks like an unwrapped pipe in January,
like mine.
Let us give praise
for that tow truck,
the sight of which
brings a lump squeezing
to the throat every time,
the body so broad and capable,
the flat bed like folded wings,
flanks glistening with fiery script
like the word of the Almighty
emblazoned on a tablet, thus:
Jerry's
Southside
A-1.
Amen.


by Susan Rooke.
Used with the author’s permission.

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Susan Rooke lives in Austin, Texas.  Despite her normal façade, she’s always been interested in the mysterious and odd, and has completed the first novel of a fantasy series. Her work has appeared recently or is forthcoming in The Texas Poetry Calendar 2013, Pulse: voices from the heart of medicine, San Pedro River Review, and on Austin Capital Metro buses.  She and her husband of almost 30 years (who indulges her interests without subscribing to them himself), spend as much time in the mountains of West Texas as possible.
 

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susan Shutt:
So true!!I love my daily poem Thank you!!!
Posted 02/01/2013 07:32 PM
susan rooke:
Thank you, everyone--I'm so glad you enjoyed it! Susan
Posted 02/01/2013 09:36 AM
abbie:
Amen! Let us also sing praises to cell phones. Roadside assistance won't do us any good if we don't have a way to call for it from the side of the road. I may write a poem about that.
Posted 01/31/2013 01:22 PM
TheSilverOne:
What a wonderful, fun poem to read and enjoy!
Posted 01/31/2013 11:46 AM
marenomitchell:
I give thanks for this superb poem!
Posted 01/31/2013 11:00 AM
Allyson:
Lovely work, Susan! I got a chuckle, because before I opened up the email to read this poem, I ended up writing my own about roadside assistance!
Posted 01/31/2013 10:56 AM
R. C.:
Amen, indeed. I'm sitting here in Moose Jaw at minus 31, waiting for a tow truck, and I discover the most timely poem in the world. Good work, Susan.
Posted 01/31/2013 10:39 AM
joyofpoems:
From now on, I will view my AAA guardian angel with different eyes & thoughts. Joyofpoems
Posted 01/31/2013 10:19 AM
phebe.davidson@gmail.com:
Bravura work. Absolutely.
Posted 01/31/2013 08:41 AM
stocktonryan:
Ha! This is funny.
Posted 01/31/2013 08:36 AM
jackjackjack:
Sweet observation, Ms. Rooke. jackjackjack
Posted 01/31/2013 08:03 AM
wordsmith:
Perfect, Susan. I have been saved more than once, the worst on I-80 around Chicago. At least now I have a cell phone. Mandi
Posted 01/31/2013 07:50 AM


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