A Sonnet to My Backup Safety Monitor

In celebration of an upcoming commercial holiday and to help inspire others to enter The Weekly Terrible Poetry Contest, I will write a love poem every day this week.

Today’s romantic sonnet is dedicated to one of my favorite new-age gadgets, the backup safety monitorย (and camera) on my minivan.

Toyota changed my driving life fore’er
Espec’ally when I’m trav’ling in reverse.
For, as I move to R with shifting gear,
A sonnet comes to m’absent mind, rehearsed:
Oh, beeping song I hear, upon my dash,
Oh, sudden sight I see, within your cam’:
A person’s there, appearing in a flash
As if he could not see a minivan.
What wouldst I do, how would walking man fare
Without you, backup safety monitor?
Would we be singing poems of love and care
Or hail an ambulance and coroner?
In short; without thee, I would feel confined
To living life, always looking behind.


28 thoughts on “A Sonnet to My Backup Safety Monitor

  1. mymindlessdrivel February 10, 2019 / 3:40 pm

    Considering the number of people yapping on their phones and not paying attention, maybe it would be even better if phones came equipped with forward moving safety monitors. I’m thinking a shrill alarm shrieking, as anything less might not draw their attention or be heard over their music.

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  2. Bruce Goodman February 10, 2019 / 4:58 pm

    That reminds me – I’ve been meaning to backup since 1985! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Your sonnet is almost worthy of Shakespeare.

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      • Bruce Goodman February 10, 2019 / 8:48 pm

        I always wanted to stage Richard III as a declamatory soap – “Ohhh I for a Richard weep and you for an Edward…” etc. You could be Queen Margaret (she utters all the curses).

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        • Chelsea Owens February 10, 2019 / 8:53 pm

          Mayhap the soaps ARE modern Shakespeare, sir :/
          …And you know I’m just the sort for a cussing character…

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    • Chelsea Owens February 11, 2019 / 12:50 pm

      ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a great feature!


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