as hard as I can.
I did not waste a second
flooring that pedal,
getting it firm on rubber matting
yet I am accelerating
I have never been this fast.
The straight road taunts me with cartoon endings:
a canyon to fall in,
a brick wall to hit.
The brake still threatens to rise.
I am sure I could not
press any harder
yet I cannot stop.
All my strength is standing down.
Sue Finch lives with her wife in North Wales. Her first published poem appeared in A New Manchester Alphabet in 2015 whilst studying for her MA with Manchester Metropolitan University. Her work has also appeared in a number of online magazines including: The Interpreter’s House, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Dear Reader and One Hand Clapping. Her debut collection, ‘Magnifying Glass’, was published in October 2020 with Black Eyes Publishing UK.