For December's Poem of the Month, I have chosen the poem 'At The Oil Depot' by Sam Burnside
It is taken from his collection Forms of Freedom.

Car In The Shade by George Hodan


It is quite a new vehicle – 
Station wagon, four-wheel drive, jeep-kind-of-thing – 
A crossover car, that is it: 
Loads of room for the family, 
Dog-guard in the back, but no dog today. 

He opens the tailgate and the shop-man eases in 
A five-gallon drum – blue in colour, plastic – 
                                      heavy with home-heating oil 
I guess. Meanwhile, 
Even though she sits there quietly in the front passenger seat 
She appears to be in some other place.