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but sometimes the transmission’s manual.
Wouldn’t you know it?
There’s a stop sign
at the very top of this steep hill.
Cars are pilling up behind you.
You dare not slip back.
It’s a challenge to take
just enough pressure off the brake
as you press on the gas.
There’s no time for driving lessons.
You must move with no idea
of what waits on the other side,
a gradual leveling off
or a wild ride downhill.
Too late to turn back.
Horns blast behind you.
There is only forward.