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I'm sorry I'm late (I told my friend).
I had to go to Micanopy,
unexpectedly,
at the last minute.

"Why did you have to go to Micanopy?"

I missed the Williston Road exit.

"What did Williston Road
have to do with getting here?"

I always get Williston confused with Newberry.
They're not alike,
except they're both three syllables
and a double consonant,
but by the time I had it straight in my head
the exit was past
and I had to go on to Micanopy
ten miles farther on.

"Closer to nine"

Both ways, I think.

"Honey, Newberry makes sense--it's on the way.
but Williston? It's south of here."

One of the costs of being a writer
that doesn't get much press
is the unexpected side trip
when your freeway exit flies by unseen,
in the middle of a stanza.

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I imagined this dialogue on my way back from Micanopy
knowing it wouldn't go this way exactly,
wondering how it would subtly differ;
and I smiled a little,
thinking how I might nudge it back on course.

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Sorry I'm late (I told my friend).
I had to go to Micanopy . . .

She grinned.
"You've got to stop dreaming on the freeway."

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