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Updated on May 7, 2012
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Four on the floor, Five speed blues


Good bye I said to my Honda CRX

A Speedy little vehicle without a doubt

For now, you see, you've become my "ex"

I've grown beyond you, I'm movin' you out

Five Speed manual, on the floor

I like the feeling of being in control

The 16 valve engine purred with a lion's roar

Low to the ground, "wider is better, we all know!

But, I'm trading you in for a bigger car

To move my stuff from here to there

It just can't be helped, the size you are

You can't compete, you can't compare

I've always driven "four on the floor"

But, wonder of wonders; these are no more!

Each time I start the motor

Buckle up and such

I find myself asking

Hey! Where is the clutch??

The ease of navigation in my new ride

The spacious interior; a large inside

Can transport the most hefty load

As I speedily make my way

Down the dusty road

Automatic, with sun roof, Sync and more

Electric seats, electric doors

This chariot glides with hardly a touch

But, Damn! I miss my stick shift so much!

Each time I start the motor

Buckle up and such

I find myself asking

Hey! Where is the clutch??

My left foot has no duty, no role, no part

I fear, this is breaking that poor foot's heart

'Cuz, these days, most cars have automatic transmissions

And for drivers like me, something

Is definitely missing

I stomp on the floor, no pedal is there

I'm pushing and pressen' nothin' but air

I guess this is just one for the books!

And all those other, useless left foots!!


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      diogenes 3 years ago

      "Comments are wonderful...second time around..."

      Now you can get cars with gearboxes that can be used either way, not to mention paddle-gears and cars that drive themselves!

      I still have my trustee VW-Dub Fox Manuel, tho'. Either a smart traditionalist or an old fuddy duddy!

      Happy 2015 Bob x

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      Quiana 3 years ago

      What a pleasure to find someone who idiitnfees the issues so clearly

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      DREAM ON...well, you've really missed out on something of great fun! I've always so enjoyed driving manual..I feel in control (maybe the only part of my life that DID have some element of control!!....haha j/k)...and when I gave up my sweet little, faithful, loyal, true and dependable Honda CRX Si....I absolutely went through withdrawel. but, I DO love my new is so practical and useful. I still have one of my BMW 6 series so, 5 on the floor serves my need for control just fine now and then. Thank you for visiting!!

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      DREAM ON 5 years ago

      I never learned how to drive a standard.I use to watch my uncle always changing gears it looked like so much effort.He bragged the great gas savings.Funny hub.

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      Kathy 5 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi ChristyWrites...I had so much fun writing this one because, it is used, am I, to driving stick shift / manual. Thanks for the visit and fun comment about your first car! I felt the same way!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I remember saying goodbye to my first car and it was a sad moment. I even wrote a hub about the car. I like that you put your feelings to poetry to express them.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Thank you right back, Mhatter99!

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      Martin Kloess 6 years ago from San Francisco

      well written - thank you - funny poem. sorry i can't type more

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hey Helene, thank you so much. this is so true, it came to me as I realized I kept on pressing the "clutch" that is no longer there...I'm so glad you like it..I had fun with it, too. Kathy

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      LOL!! What a fantastic poem!! I can't add anything better to all the wonderful comments already given except to say I read your poem over a few times just for the sheer joy of reading it!!! Voted up everything!

      Ps - love the new photo!!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Peggy..."she who writes beautifully of the world!" : I've grown used to my very convenient SUV (yikes! Did I just say "SUV?" ) Yeah..SUV..with all my furry friends ad running back and forth across the country, I needed the room to do it right!, I'm one of the spoiled automatic navigators. Thank you for visiting my friend.

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Kathy,

      This put a smile on my face. It was so many years ago when I drove a stick shift with a clutch, but I still remember the feeling of that idle left foot when the change was made to an automatic transmission car. You have a real gift of putting your words into poetic form! Up and funny votes on this hub. :)

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Pamela...It is kind of like going through if on a diet or cutting back on caffeine...Thanks for visiting and leaving a "sympathetic" comment. LO

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      Very amusing hub that I really enjoyed. I remember when I first changed from having a clutch and you do kind of wonder what to do with that left foot. Very clever topic.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi my friend BeyondMax..I had lots of fun writing this one because I still, to this day (and it's been 6 months) find myself pressing down with that LEFT FOOT. Thank you again for commenting and being such a great writer!~!

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      BeyondMax 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      What a wonderful, fun tribute to the ex =) and sorry for your "suffering" left foot LOL I love it, the rhyming is so cool, such an original subject =)

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Exotic Hippie Queen...glad you liked's true, too! For three + decades I've driven stick shift and now I have an automatic and I STILL want to use the clutch. they should put dummy clutches in automatics just for us who love to drive manual ... ha! Thank you for the visit & comment.

      Amy, I am amazed at what you do for your family and how little you receive back...really amazed! Well, I would NEVER EVER leave my animals for 'house rules.' Can't believe, knowing your love for MacGregor, that it would even be suggested that you even consider such a separation. I have two of the most beautiful, loving and 'well mannered' (though this would never be a prerequisite for accepting an abandoned animal)...sweet kitties...who were slated for euthanasia because the young woman who had them lost her job and apartment and moved in w/a family member who said, in no uncertain terms, "the cats have to go." Poor girl had no choice..and t hrough a mutual friend, we agreed to adopt these two. UNACCEPTABLE! Unless it's a question of health.... I can't think of how someone could hurt their loved one that much by insisting that they give up an animal who is so important. You are so good to continue to give and give. Sometimes...I wonder about this life...I hope things start to look up...SOON!!! Your friend, kathy

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Dear Kathy, I heard from my mom asking me to consider helping her out. Of course, I am more than happy to help my mother. My Aunt Shirley can no longer help mom. Tonight my aunt called me and said she doesn't think mom will be able to remain "on her own" for long. She is easily confused now. My mom told me I am welcome to live with her...but, without my dog. I will never abandon MacGregor. I cannot. So, for now, I will take my mom to her appointments, grocery shopping, the bank and laundromat or wherever she needs to go, but I won't leave MacGregor. I know you will understand, Kathy. And, in the end, I believe things happen as they are destined.

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      ExoticHippieQueen 6 years ago

      How cute and funny, very clever! Voted up and funny!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Amy, my dear...let's hope for the best about MacGregor...sometimes, we are surprised with good news. I know the disappointment and disgust when medicines have such horrific side effects..we always should be apprised of this potential when a medicine is suggested....I just took my cat, Ebby, to her vet...yet another RARE auto immune condition w/4 possible remedies...we choose an antibiotic rather than steriods but, the adverse effects could be harmful if not administered exactly, I'm on my toes on this one., medicine is so advanced and therepys comprehensive...I'm so hoping that this is the case. Maybe even food alergies? These are becoming m ore prevalent due to the junk the mass marketed food contains...there are many let's keep our fingers crossed. God, I know how this pierces the very core of our being; the fear for our darling, we will surround him with white light and love..healing. And you , too, Amy...sometimes, I just wonder what it's all about...why so much difficulty in this life? On so many levels; very very confounding. Many good wishes/thoughs for you and yours...all of yours (such responsibility!!) and respect, Amy...kathy

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I love your heart, Kathy. Thank you for your kind words regarding MacGregor, my sweet little man. Nothing has been diagnosed; only more antibiotics. Even I realize, at this point, it is NOT an infection only. Otherwise, one of the three drugs would have impacted it. Now, he has not only bladder issues, but kidney and liver involvement. He has lost a good portion of his hearing due to Cipro, which I had to point-blank ask the vet if it was ototoxic, which she then admitted to. Then, why prescribe it, as she was guessing anyway. It not only didn't help the infection, it damaged his hearing. "First do no harm" is bullshit. It's all about the almighty dollar. ARGGGGG!!!!!

      I will keep in touch, Kathy, and thank you.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Amy, my dear friend...never a downer. Believe me.

      I'm pleased to learn that your mother came through her former condition; I know it was fragile and uncertain, at times. She will adapt to her new concern; her eyes. yes, it's troublesome and a bother but, in the long run; following her new routine w/drops will become so many things we must endure to keep ourselves on an even balance.

      I'm very very sorry about MacGregor. For me, this is the most heart wrenching thing to bear; dealing with our beloved pets and illness. Let's hope that he has a benign cyst, some type of irritation or parasite that can be irradicated w/proper medications/steroids. Has autoimmune been ruled out? I know I'm reaching for straws but...every thing must be ruled out.. I can't stand seeing my animals suffer and cannot stand the "what if's" so, you know that I understand. Has his liver been biopsied? The cost of caring properly for them is enormous; both emotionally and financially. I don't know why it has to be so expensive...back in CA. now and, I've been to the Veterinarian's once and, yike!, the cost!!! I'm multiplying that X's many cats and the projected cost is enormous. But what would we do with out them.

      I know how much MacGregor means to you. Prayers coming to you and him from me.

      "They" say the economy is turning around....NOT! Don't believe it for a second w/all thelies, misrepresentationns, twisted "out of work / looking for work" figures...unemployment is NOT 8.1 %...not on your life. what a bunch of crooks! All politics. I hope you find something; I wish you well and the very best of good fortune.

      Let's keep in touch. Your friend, Kathy

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi Made!!The transition, like everything in a challenge and takes time; patience. LOL the analogh of life and an transmission...I could call it "Transmission Transitions!" LO

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      Madeleine Salin 6 years ago from Finland

      There's a manual transmission in the car I use at work and an automatic in my own car. It's hard to get used to that. This poem was very nice and funny to read. Voted up, and good luck with your new car! :)

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      My mom is doing o.k. as far as the heart surgery, although she doesn't think so. She had eye surgery (OT) for macular degeneration. She is completely confused about the procedure and overwhelmed about the eyedrops she must instill. My brother just emailed me concerned about her. Once again, my sister called me from Hawaii to say mom had eye surgery. I was left in the dark. Just like her heart surgery. Although, I'd gone with her to the surgeon's consult, my brother left me a voicemail telling me she'd made it through the heart surgery! No one even told me she had scheduled the surgery. Yet, of course, I was the one who ran to the hospital and stayed with her through recovery. It seems I will always be considered and treated as the family "loser". My mom's brother (my uncle Joe)and his wife, Shirley, live closeby my mom and do all her errands, laundry, grocery shopping, etc, but they are going out of town on vacation in a week. Steve asked me to check on mom. I told him of course I will. I hope my mom doesn't object. I'll do it anyway. She can no longer drive.

      MacGregor is ill, Kathy. I took him to the vet about 3 weeks ago for a relatively minor issue and while waiting to pay, he marked his territory and was left standing in a huge, thick pool of blood. He has been on a series of antibiotics to no avail. He now had kidney involvement in addition to bladder and his liver is enlarged. Next step will be diagnostic ultrasound/xray. Last visit, which was unproductive was $200. I'm still not working, unemployment is finished and I'm looking for HUD housing. Sounds like the makings of a country western song. Could be better, could be worse.

      Thanks for asking, Kathy. Sorry I'm a downer.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Ditto SE Kansas....MGB..another great car! His life sounds so full and fulfilled. Good for him; and a proud father he must be. Your family consists of many professionals! Mine does, too...that is, until it came to me! Oh well. And hour nephew is following the family success pattern. It's such a gift when parents can inspire their children to work towards a good life... How is your mother doing? I haven't talked w/you in so she recovered or recovering? i sure hope so. And MacGregor? and your daughter?

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      My bro would love your "cool" description. I would say "he's a scientist". I noticed the last time I saw him, shortly after my mom's heart surgery, he looked like he was getting younger!!! Steve's oldest son just graduated from college and is planning on law school. He is living in L.A., working as an intern for a high-powered legal firm, just got a big bonus and is living in a beautiful loft apartment. Steve is happy for him and life involves less "running" with the boys. My brother just bought a classic MGB to tool around town. Not long ago he made the statement that he can't understand why anyone would choose to live in Missouri. I think he's got somethin' there! My Miata would be a lot more fun in Cali.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Dear Amy, your brother must be sooo cool...what a great life; being a professional at UC Davis..fantastic..and it is the perfect environment for biking..I DO NOT miss the heavy, humid weather in your area and my old place (though I still have the farm...needs work and still many animals there w/Al and a helper...must get that together..oh God!!)...the weather here is, 90+ degrees and 19% MC Hammer said, "Can't touch that!!" Love ya. kathy

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      MizBejabbers (what a GREAT name!)..I certainly understand burning out a clutch in some highway and in city driving used to drive me nuts when I worked in San Rafael (CA) and drove from Napa...that shortl 40+ mile trip sometimes took hours and hours w/stop and go traffic...enough to drive a person NUTS!! Thankfully, no longer drive that route and can enjoy the relative freedom of my new Automatic SUV (what!! I said I'd NEVER drive one but, alas, I had to move multitudes of rescued animals 2000 miles in January and needed a bigger car. Thank you for the visit, the laugh and the nice comment.

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Hey, Kathy, my bro is the head chair in microbiology. He loves Davis and rides his bike to work everyday. Both of his son's swim everyday and the youngest has his sights set on the Olympics. I was in Long Beach one time, stayed on the Queen Mary, and got a sunburn without breaking sweat! Cali is gorgeous.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 6 years ago

      Hilarious, Lucky Cats! I can relate to the withdrawal. I had always driven the "4 in the floor" (or 5) and my husband had been nagging me to get a "matic". Then I twisted my knee, and one day at work, it slipped out of place and I literally crawled about 15 feet to my desk. Then I worried about how I would drive that sucker home. I made it, but painfully. My next one was an SUV with an automatic xmission. Now I drive a Prius and love the ride! The nicest thing about an automatic is that I'm not frequently replacing clutches. I have 5 miles of interstate to drive, and if there's an accident on that stretch it can take up to an hour to creep to my exit. I burned out at least two clutches in my last stick just trying to get home. Voted up++

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Speeding south on HY 101 heading to the city; racing the young man with his hot match for my M6! All the way from the 37 onramp to the Sausalito exit...I WON!! Hands DOWN! it was great!...Your brother is a professor at Davis? That's very impressive! Davis is a nice campus. I truly love this area, Amy, and I'm SO HAPPY to be home. Still working on having the entire furry family and my best friend home,'ll take a while. So good to see you Amy...I hope all is well with you my friend. Kathy

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Oh, Kathy, I can just see your gorgeous face and all that red hair blowing as you blast past all the dudes honking to get your attention! A vintage red BMW....purrrfect! Your new photo belongs on the cover of Vogue. I can see N. Cali agrees with you, woman. My bro is a professor at UE, Davis, and adores northern California.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      LUCKY ME! here are two of my very favs !! Martie! I can just see it know, (I'm sure you do) that it is possible to drive manual shift w/out the clutch if the "mesh" from gear to gear combined with the proper speed is just can learn the correct 'sound' that tells you it's gonna' work. I am not at all surprised that you drive stick's an 'in control' ' know what I'm doing' kind of thing, not to mention..FUN!!! Always great great to see you here, my dear friend.

      AMY...ditto to YOU...I absolutely love both the cars you Had and Have...both quinessential icons of a particularly cool kind of person. the Karmann Ghia still looks completely timeless in design and exterior simplicity...understated..and the Miata...I recall when these first hit the market and a co worker ordered one (so in demand that she couldn't buy one off the lot). RED. I was so envious.

      I thought it would be fun to write something light hearted since I, too often, delve into the morose and melancholy. Thank you, my friend, for the fun comment Zoom Zoom , indeed! (I still have my BMW 635CSi...a vintage model....5 speed on the floor!!!!! absolutely beautiful...RED!

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      Amy Becherer 6 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      My dad helped me select my first car, a yellow, manual transmission, Karmann Ghia, that I wish I still had. I learned how to drive "after" I bought my car. I've been in love with sticks ever since. Navigating an automatic gives me the sense that the car is driving me, while a stick puts me in control. The Miata I drive is, of course, a stick. Zoom, Zoom! Love your humorous, delightful drive down memory lane.

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      First of all my compliments with your new stunning avatar, Lucky Cats. The previous one was just as stunning. You look happy and vibrant.

      I am still driving standard, because, really, I just cannot cope without using my left foot. I remember driving my (x)husband's automatic Chev at a time... I was totally off-balance.

      One day the clutch cable of the Ford Escort Piranha I was driving at the time broke (for the umpteenth time). So I had to drive without clutch for about 2 miles. Then, when I wanted to park my car neatly, with its nose just-just touching the wall of the building I've been working in, I did the usual - First left foot on the clutch, then right foot on the brakes. Unfortunately the clutch pedal was lying flat on the floor.... So my disorientated feet saw brakes as clutch and petrol as brakes.

      My car made such a 'deep impact' on that building, people inside thought it was the first bump of an earth-quack.

      This was a FUN read :)

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi dear Al...ahhhh, it's that bad...I've learned to adjust. Just as my comment above yours many possibilities w/an automatic. Much love and I miss everyone....coming 'home' soon to visit.

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      We Save Cats 6 years ago

      Great poem Lucky Cats. It reminded me of the time we picked up your first M6. The guy had told you it had a rebuilt engine and needed to be babied on your way down off the mountain. And you did baby it as I followed you on the highway. Until you had to pass that truck. Then, your tail lights got smaller, smaller, smaller, gone! You do love driving for it's own sake, and I feel for you having to suffer an automatic. Much love.

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      I think my left thigh muscle is going to atrophy!! But, you're right, wise Augustine; I have grown used to the convenience of driving an automatic. Now, I can apply makeup, text, fix lunch, read my favorite novel, write a novel, play solitaire and more with only one foot on the floor!! Haha! And lattes....just desserts! Thank you for a fun comment, Augustine....always so pleased to see you've visited my efforts here on HP! Kathy

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Hasbro may make a pedal and shift kit that you can use at your desk should you go through stick shift withdrawal. I know there may times that you'll long to drive standard, but the automatic should grow on you. You can drink lattes while driving now...

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      Kathy 6 years ago from The beautiful Napa Valley, California

      Hi everyone! It's TRUE! I've always driven manuel, on the floor transmissions. This automatic thing makes me feel decadent and lazy! After 5 months; I still find myself pressing down on the "clutch." Thank you Victoria...and, I'm still trying to figure that out!! LO

      Rolly! Thank you so that you laughed!

      writer, you are such a loyal follower and I always appreciate and Love your comments & visits! Hey, that's not such a bad idea.....

      Diogenes...maybe it's like a rite of passage (did I spell that right? write? haha)

      Taw2012...glad you enjoyed this crazh little romp in changeland.

      Thanks to all. Kathy

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      taw2012 6 years ago from India

      Funny poem!!!

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Love this. Good poetry as well as something many of us go through when we change cars. I like autos, but not in the UK.


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      Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

      Really funny poem for me with many laughs. I feel for your unwanted left foot, maybe put a block of wood under it for a while so it feels useful(kidding).

      Voted up and funny.

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      Rolly A Chabot 6 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Great poem and one that has brought on some laughter here in Canada. Keep up the writing you have a special gift.

      Hugs from Canada

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      Victoria Lynn 6 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hi, LuckyCats! Such a funny, well-written poem! Although I've never understood the lure of the stick shift, I know that many won't have anything else. I love the freedom of my hands in the automatic. Your poor left foot, though. What is it to do???? LOL. Loved it!


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