Red Light – Green Light

Red Light – Green Light

when i get off the highway
late at night
driving home from my job
i always get struck
at the same red light
at exit 3

usually
from down the highway
i can see
it's already red
but when it's not
it predictably
won't stay green
long enough
for me to get there
up the exit ramp
and make it through

it's a long red light
meaning
it's a short
green light too
making me curse
both inside and out
at its length
on red
feeling like a lifetime
when i just wanna get home
and there's no reason
for sitting there
that goddamned long
when there's never
anybody else 
around

by my calculation
that red light
had to be long
cause i always got stuck
there
cause if the green light
that it changed to
was just as long
by calculation
i ought to be getting stuck
just half the time
instead of
most

so one night
as i approached
and the light turned to red
again
i pulled out my phone
and timed it
turns out
the light
was only red
for about
a full minute

so now
when i hit that light
knowing it's only a minute
i'm less angry
and the time
just sitting there
waiting
with nobody else around
even seems
shorter
but it still doesn't explain
why i continue
hitting that red light
more often than not
cause the green light
going the other way
surely
isn't any shorter

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