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Proverbs I-95
Tony Gruenewald


 (With apologies to the author of Proverbs 6:16)

There are six things
the Lord hates,
yes, seven are an
abomination to Him;
tailgaters, lane weavers,
those who eschew
turn signals or get into the wrong
toll lane; those who proceed too
slowly in passing lanes, or merge
unsafely, these are
forgiven by the Lord.
And this is yet another
reason you should be
thankful since He is obviously
much more tolerant of
your driving
than I.

This poem first appeared in the New York Times.
Used here with the author’s permission.


Tony Gruenewald was born in Manhattan, but grew up in the shadow of the water tower of the Edison Ford Assembly Plant in New Jersey. He has worked as a fast food fish fryer, on a loading dock, in broadcast journalism, and as an advertising copywriter. He currently works for the nonprofit Learning Ally and is pursuing a Masters of Library and Information Science at Rutgers University. Tony is the author of The Secret History of New Jersey (Northwind, 2009) and his poems have appeared in The New York Times, Adbusters, Exit 13, Slow Trains, U.S. 1 Worksheets and Edison Literary Review. Learn more at


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Angie RDH:
Love it! Maybe remembering/reciting this poem will help me to avoid my daily road rage.
Posted 07/22/2011 06:32 AM

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