Posted by: Kathy Temean | March 6, 2010

David L Harrison’s Monthly Winning Poem

A Country Drive
By Beth Carter

I jumped into my old Chevy truck
Grinnin’ ’cause long drives bring me luck.

Drove around a very sharp bend,
noticed a pothole I must mend.

Spotted a large frog in the road
Swerving, barely missed the toad.

A soft breeze blew through my hair
as I whistled without a care.

Popped open a cold diet Coke
I was happy—a lucky bloke.

Driving along with my left knee
Windows down, nearly stung by a bee.

Sipping my soda, scanned the dial
My favorite singer made me smile.

Turned up the sound, hummed along
Then loudly broke into a song.

Spotted a mooing Jersey cow
Standing beside a lazy sow.

The cow stood in a shallow pond.
Man, I could drive like this ‘til dawn.

A fast-movin’ Jeep passed me
Sadly, missing the scenery.

Driver’s on the phone, in a hurry.
Where’s the fire? Why the flurry?

A small speckled deer in sight
As two birds quickly took flight.

Looking up, I stroked my chin
Dark, ominous clouds rollin’ in.

Decided I must change my plans.
Turned around, headed to Jan’s.

Gonna pick up my best girl
Go dancin,’ give her a twirl.

A country drive is hard to beat
By the way, friends call me Pete.

Congratulations! Beth.  You can visit Beth and read more of her poem at

If you like to write poems, you should try submitting a poem for March over at David L Harrison’s blog .  The word this month is “Life.”  Try it, you’ll like it.



  1. Kathy, thank you very much for posting my poem. I tweaked it a bit and put a newer version on my blog at

    I was honored to win because (shhhh, don’t tell anyone) I wrote this in an hour the night it was due. I love pressure and deadlines. Whew. Enjoy the ride–I am!


    • Beth,

      Just wanted to let you know I took out the older version and put up the new one for you.



  2. Beth,

    I think everyone loved the driving down a country rode, wind in your hair, drinking a coke, listening to the radio and singing along. Something appealing about that to everyone.



  3. Thanks, Kathy.

    LOVE your site and blog–and your artwork–WOW! You’re very talented. I’ve written two picture books and know I could learn a great deal from you and your resources.



    • Beth,

      Thank you for the compliments. I think it is wonderful that you have two picture books. Do you belong to a critique group? If not, has another writer critiqued it or have you attended a conference and gotten a critique? It is always useful to get feedback from others. I don’t know why, but it is so hard to see your own mistakes and it is always good to hear what other people think. Just remember they aren’t always right.



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