The first collection was so good that we simply must publish a second. Herewith, more Beltway Haiku (verses written in the ancient 5 beats-7 beats-5 beats Japanese style, in honor of our infamous superhighway).
From Patricia Metzger of Arnold, Md.:
in the making, stop cursing
Think Calm, Cool Trout Stream
From Mark Sullivan of Silver Spring:
Beltway crawls along
Outside my window a snail
He passes me by
From Karen Bock-Losee of Alexandria:
Catalpas in bloom
Funny tags on the red Ford
One exit to go
From Lana T. Albright of Fairfax:
Trucks kiss my bumper
Tailgating at seventy;
Eighteen wheels -- no brakes?
From Lorraine Bernadyn of Alexandria:
Strange joy, empty lane
Soon brakes to big bottleneck
From Mildred Cuozzo of New Carrollton:
All Beltway pilots
Hone their skill dodging missiles
From Charles L. Vlcek of Bowie:
Loom ahead in soft gray fog
Like icebergs at sea.
From Diane Mularz of Silver Spring:
left, now right, now left again
ah, out-of-state tags
From Mary S. Bedell of Bethesda:
The eight miles between
Bethesda and Silver Spring
Seem more like eighteen.
From Bill Moffatt of Owings, Md.:
Flash-flash, flash-flash, flash,
I'm doing sixty-seven
Flash-flash, his brights work
From Jan K. Broulik of Chevy Chase:
Ribbon free for all
Asphalt tie to shopping mall
Drive home packaged haul
From Mark Landesman of Rockville:
Rain falls in hard sheets
Guy goes 60 anyway
From Harold McCarthy of Dover, Del.:
Post is great paper
Levey column A-OK
But read while driving?
From Jane Millon of Bowie:
Copters bank and whirl
It's MAL, TOP
Passing on bad news
The final six were submitted by students at Elizabeth Seton High School.
From Bernie Baldwin of Upper Marlboro:
Middle of the night
Stillness, dark, fumes, frustration
I wish I had wings
From Alicia Roshann Ward of Northeast:
Hark! I see the lights
The pretty red and blue lights
Back to fifty-five!!
From Mary Morais of Fort Washington:
Late for school once more
Unmarked car stopped me again
How do I tell Dad?
From Pia Hamilton of Northwest:
Traffic moving slow
My watch reads half past seven
Cosby missed again
From Carla DeSimone of Takoma Park:
Down the ramp I go
Will he let me switch over?
Beeeeep . . . . BOOM! . . . . what a jerk!
From Elizabeth Freeland of Lanham:
Around and around
If only I had more time
. . . . and an Excedrin!