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The year was 1978,
my car, once again on the fritz;
I stuck out my thumb going to and from work
hoping to catch a hitch.
After counting inventory late one night,
I thought I would have to walk the whole way home;
A car pulled over just a few yards ahead -
the driver was in it all alone.
She looked like she was about thirty-five -
I was almost half her age;
Her face suggested she just had a good cry,
although a smiling face she tried to stage.
“You are brave to be hitch-hiking late at night,”
she nervously said to me.
“Picking me up, makes you much braver than I,
I think we both can agree.”
I told her where I was trying to get;
she said it was on her way.
She said, “I really must look a mess,
I’ve had a terrible day.”
“No ma’am, you look just fine,”
I lied the best that I could.
I kept my eyes looking straight ahead
at the road in front of the hood.
She down-shifted as we approached a red light,
then dropped her hand right onto my leg;
“I really was a good looking girl
back in my younger days.”
I could feel the sweat drip under my shirt,
and my heart skip a beat or two;
Her hand was almost touching my crouch,
something I think she obviously knew.
The light turned green but we didn’t move;
her hand rubbed me just a bit;
then she put the car back into gear
and we continued on our trip.
“Is there something you have to do tonight?
Is there someone waiting on you?
Like I said, I’ve had a really bad day,
and would like someone I can talk to.”
I couldn’t think up of an answer;
no words came out of my mouth -
She drove right pass the road where I lived
and we continued driving south.
I don’t remember the name of the Motel,
or even how we got into the room;
I was floating around as if stuck in a dream
that I didn’t want to end too soon.
She told me her story that I never did hear,
but that brought more tears to her eyes;
I couldn’t help but wonder what might happen next
and worry if to the occasion I could rise?
She said she needed a shower,
to wash the awful day right out of her mind;
She led me into the bathroom
and undressed me with hands both gentle and kind.
That night required the stamina
of the young body I still wore;
She made love to me like an experienced woman,
something I had never known before.
In the morning there was nothing left to be said -
she got in her car and drove away;
I stuck out my thumb, heading back north,
watching the taillights of her Chevrolet.
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