An Ode to My Daily Commute

An Ode to My Daily Commute
An Ode to My Daily Commute

An Ode to My Daily Commute


A busy traffic moves along in sheets

when tension builds among deeper linen

each car driven and truck interwoven

a slowly moving animal these streets.

A consumer of unwanted trifles

the vehicle that spits after a knock

who staring forward listens to his Rock

and Roll the truck next door displays rifles.

This daily traffic keeps me from nights sleep

three men in car sing songs of older men

two men a tenor and one is a bass.

Some days I pull  my beard and softly weep,

not so much a matter of where but when,

arrive at location with sense of grace.


Each bumper looks upon another end

of stagnation here upon this stillness

this elixir a cure for our wellness

for position I will fight and defend.

Just once to wish upon me sudden death

a broken air conditioner bothers

with squeaky belt will unhinge new mothers

whose toddler is holding all his breath.

A reason to live as we move one inch

I have a home three quarters of a mile

once free from traffic man always prospers.

A sneer will cross our face our eyes squinch

outside a middle finger held with style

will try to remain aloof to postures.


Some drivers virtuous and some with vice

from soccer games or some local courts

a Bailiff or a Banker free from sorts

all sitting still dreaming of paradise.

Prodigal son a tinkers wife an ape

enough of crew to use commuter lane

a simple rise to help forget the pain

a creeping slowly pushing for escape.

Some cowardly rogue hogs the outer lane

to confess to not being a fighter

must take a stand and find a way back home

from outer atmosphere each car a grain

of packaged gifts that could not be tighter

in meditation creates palindrome.

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My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I have a passion for writing short fiction and poetry. I started writing for TCE around 2015 and since then I have finished seven collections of poetry and plans for more. I currently live in Lemmon Valley NV with my family. If you desire to find my other work on the internet feel free to stop by my website The website offers articles on poetry, poems, and links to all my other writing.

4 thoughts on “An Ode to My Daily Commute

  • November 4, 2021 at 11:09 AM

    Morning commute stuck behind a dump truck and a school bus. I feel your pain. Nice job Jamie.

  • November 5, 2021 at 11:55 AM

    Well done on this Ode, Jamie. I so remember the daily commute when I worked in San Jose, California for many years. It was horrific!


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