drive through McDonald's roundabout
A landscapers jungle of green Nandina bushes
Swaying masses of tall bamboo; steam rises;
Five cars ahead of me
all lined up to get someplace first
Roll my window down, listen to the steady rain,
surges escaping through tin gutters,
Cascading on the precisely placed order of lined rocks
Watch large cat eyes peering, ready to pounce
Monster cars; bamboo bends as rain picks up
The tinkle of wind chimes
echo of a distant gong.
to McDonald's, place your order please."
Fletcher-Blume, a current resident of Franklin, Tennessee,
is president of the Tennessee Writers Alliance and president of
the Williamson County Council for the Written Word. Her short
fiction and poetry were published in the 1995, 1996, and 1998
editions of Our Voices. Her entry in the first edition
of Our Voices, "Cast Iron Dogs," won the Kate
Trickey award and was published as a book for young readers. She
has also adapted and condensed two of Robert Louis Stevenson's
classics for children.