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Running On Fumes

When I go to buy gas,
My teeth I want to gnash,
And I curse 'neath my breath,
And want to choke the hose!
Save room at the poor house;
I am gonna need it!

Gas is awful high.
Four bucks a gallon!
A loan from the bank.
Might help somewhat to,
Fill my empty tank!

Those crude cartels,
Control each drop.
And what is worse,
They drain my purse!

Help Congress!
Off your duffs!
Ease my plight!

My car
Gasps for


Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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Placed No. 8 in David Williams' "Diminished Hexaverse" Contest - June 2012

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  1. Date: 6/24/2012 9:49:00 PM
    my kind of poetry, bob... salute and congrats with huggs! :)

  1. Date: 6/24/2012 9:40:00 AM
    I have a Prius! God bless Japanese inginuity!Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 6/23/2012 8:23:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in David's "Hexaverse" contest Bob. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 6/23/2012 2:53:00 AM
    Ha! Don't we all wish for reduced gas prices! Well put Robert and congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 6/22/2012 6:42:00 PM
    Sounds very cheap compared to our pump prices Bob but congratulations on your winning spot xx

  1. Date: 6/22/2012 3:35:00 PM
    Great idea and win..Congrats on winning..Sara

  1. Date: 6/22/2012 11:37:00 AM
    BOB H.,~xox~ A wonderful congratulations, in David's True version of Diminishing Hexaverse. Have yourself a good day,pd

  1. Date: 6/22/2012 11:08:00 AM
    Bob, I could almost see you seething at the pumps, thanks for entering and well done...David

  1. Date: 6/22/2012 9:01:00 AM
    Yep, yep the damn gas price!!! A very good subject you picked Bob...liked it. If I was the judge I'd have placed your poem higher on the list. Big congrats on your win though!!!

  1. Date: 6/22/2012 8:01:00 AM
    Yours has a really awesome ending! Congrats on your funny poem. (well, it's not really funny what we pay for gas, but you get my meaning)

  1. Date: 6/22/2012 2:54:00 AM
    Congrats, Bob, on the this topical and attractive piece..:) Jag

  1. Date: 6/19/2012 8:04:00 PM
    Time we get gas powered bikes. I've been looking at them and am impressed. Another thing Bob, there a companies that aren't fromthe middle east we can buy from so boyfcotting could be a big voice if everyone was together on it. I sense some desperation in this one!

  1. Date: 6/19/2012 8:47:00 AM
    moving to the arctic for dogs and a sled. broke

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 2:15:00 PM
    Love the flow of this Diminished Hexaverse..good luck in the contest!!

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 2:07:00 PM
    Make you want to go out an buy a horse and carriage again, just imagine while everyone else is whizzing by in their cars you easily trotting on the street at leisurely pace, imagine all the honks and curses, then plop the horse had to go, oh ow we are in a pickle. Now there is the beginning of a tale for you Bob, luv vie

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 1:42:00 PM
    What a delightful write you have written my friend! I really enjoyed your description of the plight for gas that we all encounter seemingly every day! You wrote this poem so fluidly and making the lines easy to read! It's a pleasant write to read Bob! Outstanding poem! Great Work!!

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 12:48:00 PM
    I'm certain you're serious about this because you have mentioned this lightly before in another one of your poems HAHA so this solidifies your angst as genuine. 16 cents is an improvement but most definitely isn't a drastic drop to me, by the way. Didn't even notice it was a diminished hexaverse until I got to the bottom so you did an exceptionally good job keeping a natural flow. Good luck in the contest, Bob <3

  1. Date: 6/18/2012 12:23:00 PM
    Bob, if you have been to the pumps within the last three weeks, you'll see that the prices have dropped drastically. I have a feeling they won't stay there very long. Good example of a diminished hexaverse.