This suggestion was ‘the frustration of a red light that never seems to change’. It reminded me of an incident in the high desert when I was driving up to a show there. I took a ‘short cut’, which turned out to be the shopping strip. There was a light at every driveway. I think I must have passed 30 or so lights. 3 of them were actually green. I think two I got caught at twice, and one particularly badly time light I was behind it red 4 times. But before that light, here’s a true story…..
The Long light.
I wanted to rush orange but didn’t dare,
my mirror shows a cop is right behind.
We’re at the light that’s turned to red and there
we sit. And sit. And sit. And then I find
the light ahead’s red too, and one car waits
for nothing. Just like us no vehicles cross
the intersection. Green! Ha! He still bates
his breath ahead on wheels that gather moss.
It’ll turn by the time I get there, that’s for sure.
Can’t race – the cop in tow – I thus proceed.
He’s green! He goes….. but quickly red once more!
I feel the hopes of getting home recede.
We stand and burn gas, stress until we’re mean
at lights that take so, so long to turn green.