Chickie-Runs, By Nancy Byrne Iannucci

By Nancy Byrne Iannucci

On the Road star gazing,
Bill Haley’s comets come.
kicking stones to stolen cars,
Jim & Buzz wonder “Why do we do this?”

the road could have ended
at Elvis’ hips but they
kept doing this:
the Beatles, Rolling Stones,

The Doors, Motown, Hendrix-
Sunday bests surrendering
to Saturday Night Fevers,
God save the Queen,

No future for you,
Bowie, Run DMC,
cars keep racing,

cuffs keep catching
door handles,
Mary Quant minis,
hoodies, Vans,

Back to the Future
Slappy grinds & rail slides,
playing S.K.A.T.E
in private parking garages,

waxing youth,
rebels without causes,
doing this like

new generations
supplanting old ones
in high speed

Do we know
what we’re doing?
Do we see a pattern?
Plato, what is a chickie-run?

james dean

Photo credit: James Dean and Corey Allen on the set of Rebel Without a Cause, 1955, Getty images.

Nancy Byrne Iannucci teaches history and lives poetry in Troy, NY. Her poetry can be found in numerous publications including Allegro Poetry Magazine, Gargoyle, Autumn Sky Poetry Daily, Typehouse Literary Magazine, Riggwelter Press, Three Drops from a Cauldron, and Picaroon Poetry to name a few. Her debut book of poetry, Temptation of Wood, was recently published by Nixes Mate Review.

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