The New Honda

Very sober color, don't you think? Honda calls it "polished metal," but Carole call's it "graphite" and says the car is the color of No. 2 pencil lead.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

5 thoughts on “The New Honda”

  1. The Honda Civic actually doesn’t come in that many colors and I didn’t want red or blue. My other choices were black, white, silver, or this graphite color. It’s very shiny, though, and this morning the raindrops are standing up an the waxed metal.

  2. i would love having it. only better would be one of those prius-type thing. around here up to last few years the ‘green ‘ things got you into carpool lane for free(or something like that). the only thing that would stop me is that so many of my friends are disable and a four door is much better. and up until 2 or now 3 years ago the icebox-on-its’side scion had a design that made it easy to enter for my agility-challenged friends (even me). years ago we loved our 74 dodge dart with it’s bench seat in the front so that our finest friend arthur could fall in backwards and get twisted upright easily. (he’d had sponido-….something as a 19yrold in brit army and eventually had to have fusions in spine.
    so many uses for different models. of course to be younger much younger and braver too would mean riding a norton (then)(and now a ducati)even though you had to bring a cookie pan to catch the dripping grease from the forever valorized norton). i must add here that in late l980’s i began my press norton-coker press with the norton standing for the l. bike w. burnt norton of tseliots 4 quartets and 3. ed norton played by art carney on jackie gleason’s the honeymooners. (the coker well i will leave that for another time.)ed

  3. That’s a hell of a riff on my boring new car, Ed. I can always count on you to put an original spin on the ordinary!

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