She watches the officer’s precise approach
in her rear view mirror,
grips the steering wheel tightly
keeping both hands in plain sight
at ten and two.
Not the first time in this situation,
she recalls emotions felt while relating
her same prior humiliating experience
to smug listeners.
He slowly circles her vehicle from the back,
around the passenger side
to stand directly in front
while writing on his notepad the whole time.
He moves methodically to the driver’s door,
taps the window,
“Please turn off the engine
and get out of the car, Ma’am.”
you parallel parked perfectly.
Here’s your license.”
Carl “Papa” Palmer of Old Mill Road in Ridgeway, Virginia, lives in University Place, Washington. He is retired from the military and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) enjoying life as “Papa” to his grand descendants and being a Franciscan Hospice volunteer.