Meditation On The A30
A man on his own in a car
by John Betjeman
Is revenging himself on his wife;
He open the throttle and bubbles with dottle
and puffs at his pitiful life
She's losing her looks very fast,
she loses her temper all day;
that lorry won't let me get past,
this Mini is blocking my way.
'Why can't you step on it and shift her!
I can't go on crawling like this!
At breakfast she said that she wished I was dead-
Thank heavens we don't have to kiss.
'I'ld like a nice blonde on my knee
And one who won't argue or nag.
Who dares to come hooting at me?
I only give way to a Jag.
'You're barmy or plastered, I'll pass you, you bastard-
I will overtake you. I will! '
As he clenches his pipe, his moment is ripe
And the corner's accepting its kill.