Near where I live three former cow paths which are now roads come together at an awkward angle to create what people in New England call an intersection. On-coming cars actually face off against one another, and left turns are only attempted by the locals who know the invisible dead spot in the middle where they are out-of-the-way of crossing traffic. And just to make it interesting, this is the main intersection in front of a K-8 school, throwing tiny pedestrians into the mix.
Among all the madness there are road signs, but the one that I’ve always liked was a white rectangle with a stack of four-letter words neatly arranged one atop the other.
They could have said “left turn only” or used one of those international symbols with the word “only” beneath it, but instead they went with what I only recently realized was a poetic solution to a simple direction at an inelegant passing.
With that in mind, I collected a list of four-letter words found on traffic, parking, and other common road signs and came up with the following collection of semi-found sign poetry.
I couldn’t resist reusing “zone” because I seem to have a vague memory of a disco-era LP that had a pair of young dancers cheek-to-cheek (and I ain’t talking faces) with a road sign above it that said “bump zone.”
Poetry Friday is stop-and-go down at Carol’s Corner this week, so be sure to look both ways and drive safe.