Many friends who experienced the joy of the Big Green Machine over the years extended condolences to me in my time of loss. As much as I still appreciate their kind words of sympathy, I am also consoled by countless fond memories of a car that didn't so much drive as sail, didn't so much steer as aim, and filled interstate hatchback drivers with terror. Alas, the terror is gone now, and the world is a smaller place. Requiescat in pace.
The monster green car In pre-Watergate splendor Gleams now at sunsetOthers have been in contact with the Muse. A sample:
The end has come now No longer the gas-guzzler Will travel the road -Joni Johnson Green car, time turns brown, Some important stuff falls off. Still, we keep driving. -Scott Dorsey We mourn this great loss, O fellow Seventies soul, My Gremlin and I. -Lynn Matthews A celestial home Roads - where the big green machine Can drive forever -Phil Wilcox You're tearing my heart Contoured steel and sex appeal Junk disposition -Robert Gibson Gasping rudderless Seven-cylinder swan song The hiss of the torch -Robert Gibson Import enemy Mass tonnage unstoppable Japan left weeping -Chris Jones Cannot buy the road The Big Green Car covers much We own a large piece -Bruce Baker Green? no way in hell! This machine drank gas like milk Fortz 'bsence, Shell's ticked -Jerrad Pierce Polly and V8 Travelling other roads Becoming brown dust -Heath Dunn The dusty window glass Of the big green car A haiku on it -NundhaaKumaarun The sight of the sky With reddish clouds In Big Green's rear view mirror -NundhaaKumaarun Honk with some relief You gold old green Galaxie Five doors, no waiting -John Knaup 8-track jamming War Fearsome to deer, cows alike Roar-- the Matador! -Tom Powers The interstate sighs, Longs for lost days when cars like Big Green ruled the road. -Greg Moore In the desert heat I drove one but wrecked it So I bought another -Adam Taylor Gas is cheap no more Pricy now to drive a lot I go not as far -Adam Taylor Expansive highways Mostly big cars own the road Oh to have one green -Adam Taylor When in Big Green Car Do not fear to have a wreck It is made of steel -Adam Taylor Big green cars are cool Old ones are the best to drive God rest their poor souls -Rob Hilka The sun always Rises and sets behind My big green car -NundhaaKumaarun V8 three-fifty Kick butt transmission AM radio -Andy Hoke Celica Toy-o 5 speed and fuel injected It's just not the same -Andy Hoke Gigantic and green Highway aphrodisiac The world mourns its loss -Hunter Choate A car cuts me off I rev Big Green Car's engine The driver goes pale -Wendy Dinsmore My eyes fill with tears Nostalgia overcomes me I miss my green car! -Wendy Dinsmore Bruce, Blue Whale Chevy, Saddened older survivor; Tears rust young Green Ford -Barb Dunn Shape in the distance Hurtling down the highway Flash of green roars by -Ian Castellucci Praise the big green car Everything that was All that is lost now -Ruth R. Hoath Great green Ford now rests Beside my green Dodge Charger Witness to high school -Robin Rowan Shall we sail again On open roads beloved? I think, perhaps, not. -Chris Brunt Hail! Rare Five Fourteen! Both aspects: nanometers And cubic inches. -Dan NutleyIf you feel inspired to write Big Green Car Haiku, please send it to me and I will post it here as an interactive memorial. I reserve the right to reject inappropriate material, or to make slight editorial changes.
Poems that do not meet the generally accepted definition of English haiku may wind up in other categories below. This definition requires a total of 17 syllables, usually broken into lines of 5, 7, and 5; however, less than 17 syllables are also acceptable. For details, see links off the Yahoo! haiku index.
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Great green machine possesing heart consuming pavement caring for family with no end in sight. -John Folletto Glorious days -- power and swift graceful age -- dignity in motionless: For the wheels turn no more. -Surya Challa A car, the colour green Never to ride the rolling hills again The awesome loss -Natalie Watson With his thumb on the button The green behemoth screamed And the crusherman cries -R. C. Tassie Wagon by Ford Loved by owner Now driven by angels on the eternal highway -Dan LeFever You sat on the lot Sadly as we drove away I'll miss you always, friend -William Wright Made no excuses Encapsuled by existence A joy to behold -John Conyers Oh their envy swells Everyone wants a land yacht Especially one that works -Adam Taylor Roses are red and violets are blue My beautiful Big Green car Oh how I still love you! -Bob Butterley Like leaves in autumn, dead Once green, now brown rust Still glows green in heaven -Caleb G I mourn your Big Green But a cute diesel Fiat Panda Gets 76 highway MPG. -John O'Renick
The big car was Green Its tires were black. Farewell fine machine With engine out of whack. -Andrea Schweitzer 1972 Ford Wagon Wrought prior the crunch of '73 With iron 400 c.i.d. Great green sled of '72 Down on its springs sits quietly 24 years through snow sleet fog 23 viewed as a gas guzzling hog At its station as a wagon 130K now shows on the log Large device, expanse of glass Laden low with leaded gas Sheets of plywood in the back 50 lbs nails 1% of the mass 3 Yugos drafting in the mirror Freighter still in second gear Rolling road block moving out Exhausting glimpse of yesteryear Big pile of Fords asleep in the sky Great green sled can no longer deny It's time to quit and reconsign The tin we love to touch good-bye -Robert Gibson So big and Green, know what I mean? It's all moving fast, the last great oval reed. A farmer's dream in a mass, while the grasses gasses last, it's not long enough for me. -Aaron Isenagle The big green car was more than a ride. I kept it clean and new. I miss my buddy, the big green car -- God, if you only knew. I took it everywhere I went; I repaired it more times than not. Now it's new wheels I must find: the big green car had rot. Times a-change, people change, but I thought it would never end. I hated giving up that car, my big old green car friend. -Debi Fisher Pale yellow green 2 Gremlins long Phony wooden sides Creedance Clearwater song Suburban "class" Country Squire LTD Conspicuous consumption The Bradys on TV Plastic vinyl & chrome Reality was fake With room for 9 An adolescent ride I'd take Dearborn's offspring The big '72 A fortune I'd spend For one more hour in you. -