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If It Were Up to Me
Pat Brisson

Trucks would be obliged
to have inspiring, upbeat
messages on their trailers
like the Kane Truck
from Scranton, PA
that encourages everyone to
Be Your Best Self.
Imagine driving a highway
being advised to
Sing Along
Breathe Deeply
Forgive Somebody
Stay Calm
Be Patient
Yeah, I know what you're thinking -
this would be impossible to enforce,
not to mention unconstitutional,
but if it were up to me
I'd mandate Optimism.

© by Pat Brisson.
Used with the author's permission.


Pat Brisson is a former elementary school teacher, school librarian, and reference librarian in a public library. She has been writing picture books and easy-to-read chapter books for almost thirty years and
has received the N. J. Governor's Volunteer Award in Human Services for her philanthropic work. Pat lives in Phillipsburg, New Jersey; learn more about her at



Post New Comment:
yeah!Pat! and Jayne I like the idea if putting "I like Poetry" on our cars...
Posted 05/30/2014 02:49 PM
Janet Leahy:
This would make driving so much more fun! Thanks Pat.
Posted 05/30/2014 02:08 PM
yes, brilliant!
Posted 05/30/2014 07:25 AM
Love it!
Posted 05/30/2014 06:25 AM
Wilda Morris:
Maybe each of us should bring this poem to the attention of local trucking companies!
Posted 05/30/2014 05:45 AM
Ross Kightly:
This marvellous poem SO fits with one I just wrote this morning urging myself to be always what the Kane Trucks message recommends. There is no enforcement necessary - I am smiling like a happy fool as I think of such trucks! Thanks for this continuation to my day, Pat and Jayne!
Posted 05/30/2014 01:59 AM

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