Acceleration by Sue Finch

I am pushing the brake 
as hard as I can.
I did not waste a second 

flooring that pedal, 

getting it firm on rubber matting

yet I am accelerating


backwards. 


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.


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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 HouseInk, Sweat and Tears, Dear Reader and One Hand Clapping. Her debut collection, ‘Magnifying Glass’, was published in October 2020 with Black Eyes Publishing UK.


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