Abandoned Horsepower

by Soul Places | Diane Ludeking

’58 Edsel
Copyright Doug Schmeltzer Photography 2012

 
A ’58 Edsel waits in a collapsing garage.
Mottled horse collar grill and
Pieced-together wooden hood
Weathering as best they can.
 
A stick props open the garage door
Just enough to steal a glance
At this beast of transportation.
 
It looks back with driver’s side
Bug-eye headlights.
The passenger side pair gouged out or
Tired
of clinging
To rust.
 
A ’58 Edsel bought to replace the
One that crashed on Easter 1962
On the way to church.
 
Gravel road, dust, oncoming truck.
Toddler
Toddling in the back seat.
Egg yolk and blood stained upholstery
Worn to the knackers.
 
Horseshoe shaped scar
From the rear view mirror
On the toddler’s face
Now five decades old.
 
A ’58 Edsel sighs in a collapsing garage.
Five decades worth of scars
From an accident it wasn’t involved in.
 

[All photos by Doug Schmeltzer Photography used with permission.]

’58 Edsel
Copyright Doug Schmeltzer Photography 2012

’58 Edsel
Copyright Doug Schmeltzer Photography 2012

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