Thursday, April 21, 2011

Hello Jodi! ... and Jeff ... and Jenna ... and Nick ... and Steve (A Mama Kat Writing Prompt)

In My Car









They have all been in my car with me

(This list includes the most memorable)

Jodi Picoult


Jeff Shaara (he is there now)

Emma Donoghue

Bill Clinton

Jenna Bush


Ken Follett


Jimmy Carter


Steve Martin


Lisa See

Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

AJ Jacobs

Laura Hillenbrand

Karl Marlantes

Kathryn Stockett

Elizabeth Edwards

Tim Russert

They come in hard plastic cases with little individual plastic sleeves

They come in flimsy cardboard boxes with innards that open out in the oddest of ways

They come to my iPod and send their signal through a cassette adapter

They entertain me

They inform me


They disturb me


They keep me awake on long drives

They quadruple my reading capacity

They give my mind phrases to savor, like:



Hope, Patrick knew, was the exact measure of distance between himself and the person who’d come for help. (Jodi Picoult in Nineteen Minutes)
Me, alone but in the finest of company, devouring audiobooks as I drive.

(This poem was in response to a Mama Kat prompt: Write a poem about your favorite place to be.)


Mama's

6 comments:

Mommy Lisa said...

I should try books on tape - I have an hour of so each day in the car. ;)

Jenna said...

i definitely could have written about the music and artists who keep me company in my van.. bathed in music is my current favorite place to be... while the willow tree was that in my childhood. I loved your take on this, giving me a deeper look at you and part of your life I might not have asked about :)

Free verse poetry is my favorite kind :) No rules!!

thepsychobabble said...

Audio books are amazing. Yay technology!

Kelly said...

What great company you keep!

Jessica said...

That is quite the list of people you have in the car with you.

Cheryl said...

What a great take on the prompt! Wish I could listen to books in the car, but I believe my 2 year-old would outshout it!