stories in chrome

a Poncho Indian head lights up orange

centering five silver streaks

the waterfall of a Buick ’50 grill

pours over the bumper like buck teeth

bullseyes and gunsights

afterburner tail lights

a leaping ram, the saber jet

greyhounds running with the swan set—


and a bullet nose V-8 protrudes

like a rocket ship to space


bowties, badges and blue ovals

the Mayflower sailing ship

spinning wheels, a flying lady

Special De Luxe in shining script

stainless strips are speeding long

can chrome embellishment be that wrong?


and tin-capped fins are taking off

for the asphalt jet age


dog dishs and baby moons

venti-ports and sweeping spears

looking at spinnies and Cad sombreros

is like holding silver mirrors

Coupe de Ville egg crates

DeSoto dentures on Merc plates

the regal Chrysler’s royal seal

on this moveable metal meal—


innocent decadence?

fifties extravagance?


no sir, these were great stories in chrome

About troysherdahl

A blue-collar bohemian with a penchant for fine words and dirty jeans.
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