Compulsory Education

Leaving the DMV today I passed two women

Passing words while passing time.

“He’s incarcerated.”

“Oh, I’m sorry.”

“I’m not. It was his fourteenth . . .”

And I was out the door.

Last time I was there

(You go a lot when you first move to Colorado because the paperwork demands superhuman precision and so your signatures and documents are never in order the first and maybe even the second and third time for each vehicle you are registering),

They were giving out cookies

And I left at the same time as a young man

Wearing a motorcycle helmet

Who assured me he had the money to pay the fees,

Exorbitant as they were,

Misinformed as the first agent he dealt with

Had been about them.

I’m finished now.

Our car, our utility trailer, our motorcycle

All have proper Colorado plates and titles.

Somebody give me a degree

Or at least another cookie.


    • I’m not sure, but I wouldn’t be surprised if that is the case. Nathan just bought a motorcycle from a guy in Utah, and that is Utah’s law – the seller kept the plates and Nathan had to get new ones here in CO.

      Didn’t know you had lived in Colorado – what part?

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