through the tunnel

i drove through the Lincoln Tunnel

once with severe passenger anxiety
over bright red lights
in an enclosed, underwater passage
once driving with excitement
and wonderment like a video game
i want to do it again

i drove over a bridge
manhattan in full view
to the east

New Jersey isn’t as exciting

sometimes with lines,
other times without
cars picking paths
in an endless flow
working together
to get somewhere

driving in New York City
is not as scary
as i thought it would be