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Saturday, February 25, 2012


by George Held
General Motors has said it will close down Hummer.

I’d love to have a Hummer
and bully Priuses and Minis,

blaring machismo as it rumbles
over bridges and through tunnels,

making them crumble, then gobbles
extra parking space in town.

I’d love to have a Hummer
that guzzles gas at 9 per gallon

and give the finger to enviros
who wag their index fingers

and say “tsk, tsk” at me and my Hummer.
I’d force drilling in the Arctic

Wildlife Preserve and opening
the U.S. gasoline reserve.

How I’d love my Hummer,
black and polished, chrome

gleaming all over its body.
But now that I’m laid off

and gas costs over 3 bucks per gallon,
I’ll have to drive a hybrid.

What a bummer!

George Held, a frequent contributor to The New Verse News, has received six Pushcart Prize nominations. His latest books are After Shakespeare: Selected Sonnets and the children's book Neighbors, with drawings by Joung Un Kim.