Julene Weaver

Road Side Wonder

There are no sea lions in the cave today—
tipped off we save sixteen dollars—why go
into a smelly pit to see three sea lions when
there could be dozens, we are logical.

It is a tourist trap, an all-American road-side-
attraction, I’d love to stand on line to get a ticket
with the screaming, crying, fussing children
pulling their parents toward the gift shop, go

down the elevator, pay my eight dollars, isn’t this
what people do on summer vacation? Some
scuba dive, rock climb, go hot air ballooning,
or climb peaks all over the world. But, the average

Joe takes his kids on a drive-away, get-out-of-the-
house, but not too far. On the road, exceptions
are made, a more expensive meal, an extra
ice cream cone, indulge in the movement,

in different scenery, and the realization
our days are getting shorter, this may be
the last time we travel this route.

Julene Tripp Weaver is a psychotherapist and writer in Seattle. Her third poetry collection, truth be bold—Serenading Life & Death in the Age of AIDS, (Finishing Line Press, 2017), was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award and won the Bisexual Book Award.She worked in AIDS Services for 21 years. Her poetry is widely published in journals and anthologies, including: HIV Here & NowThe Seattle Review of Books, and Writing in a Woman’s Voice. More of her work can be found at julenetrippweaver.com.

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