Approaching the Curve

I feel like I’ve been here
for a long time 
approaching the curve 
in the road ahead 
slowing in respect 
of the big black and yellow caution arrow
trusting that the arrow 
is pointing to a clear path ahead.
That’s what I was taught to do 
in driver’s ed,
so that’s what I’ve been doing. 
But like a dream that I cannot remember having
yet it haunts me all through the day,
I’m still here,
approaching that curve
using caution
and trusting that 
the arrow is pointing the right way. 
Maybe I’m not meant to know 
anything beyond the curve  
maybe I’m still here
approaching the curve
because I’m holding on too tight
to the steering wheel. 
Painting, “Sharp Curve”, by Frank Kirk

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