"Place, with a trace of humanity" Photography/Photo of the Day/Pittsburgh

Open Letter to Shiny Buick Man with the Fuzzy Dice

Dear Shiny Buick Man
in York PA,

You’ve lived in my upstairs hall closet
over two years now, in a frame and mat.
I wanted to tell you
I took your picture
one January Sunday
just before I pulled out of the lot.
I lifted my camera off the front seat,
shot you quick, no time to focus.
Your car caught in a lovely light,
a luster pristine-
and you in your tie.
Maybe you were coming from church.
Or going.
Codorus Creek on your left,
but not the whitewater part.
The Heritage Rail Trail
(no trains that day)–
I want you to know
how I admire your fuzzy dice,
how they dangle still
frozen in that moment
from your rearview mirror.
I think you saw me.
But didn’t know what happened
so I thought I should write and tell you.
I hope you don’t mind.

Man driving a1960 Buick on a York PA road with Fuzzy Dice

Saturday night was the 7th Annual Poe*Art Reading and Art Show downtown in the Cultural Trust space at 805 Liberty. Ten Western Pennsylvania Writing Project teachers read their poems and displayed an accompanying artwork. This was the photo, shot in January 2009, I chose to use as a writing prompt. I went through the project in 1993.

Poe*Art 2010 is online for viewing click here      For more information about the Western PA Writing Project click here

A letter poem of address
to an unsuspecting man
who was just driving along
minding his own business.

9 responses

  1. Sue Reinfeld

    He looks like he’s looking right at you.

    May 22, 2011 at 8:07 am

  2. Looks like it’s off a movie set

    May 22, 2011 at 8:31 am

  3. Susan Sailer

    Ruth, I love the title of your poem!

    May 22, 2011 at 10:47 am

  4. Sally

    You have totally caught the essence of a time gone by….

    May 22, 2011 at 11:14 am

  5. erica

    That HAS to be Ruth’s Art entry [I said to myself] as soon as I saw the photo of the beautiful car!!!! Thanks for including the poem in the blog!! xooxooo

    May 22, 2011 at 1:26 pm

  6. Cj

    Loved it at Poe.Art and loving it in the blog. Thanks for sharing Ruth.

    May 22, 2011 at 11:15 pm

  7. Hootie

    He is probably still wondering why that woman took his photo that day.It’s a graet shot.

    May 23, 2011 at 11:59 am

  8. Russell Cavanagh

    Love the pic of the Buick! 8-)

    May 26, 2011 at 7:49 am

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