Mobility Scooter

Walking along the footpath
from the supermarket I heard
a speeding battery motor whirring
behind me, no remote controlled toy
but an elder person’s mobility scooter.

I jumped aside as it shot past me,
a Harley Davidson of Elder travel today.
With four sturdy wheels and
a Star Trek captain’s throne
flying an aerial with three flags
it powered past me, majestic, magnificent.

Its driver fixed me with a beady eyed stare,
a tiny old lady, her only helmet
her own short grey hair,
emitting strong disdain for
people on foot, lugging shopping bags.

She was gone in seconds
around the corner
leaving me transfixed on the kerb.


Previously posted March 2016.

Mobility Scooter

12 thoughts on “Mobility Scooter

  1. Lesley says:

    Thank you for this! It reminds me of my dear old dad who passed on at the age of 94. He once nearly knocked hubby and me over with his buggy when doing a U turn! 😀

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    1. Yes, they drive like they always did. An old friend of Dad’s got a mobility scooter and her son was terribly worried because she was a menace on the roads driving her car. He was sure she would flatten pedestrians on the foot path. I don’t think she did, but son was happy when she stopped driving any vehicle.

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      1. Lesley says:

        Lol yes, my mum was always telling dad to slow down when driving his car.
        There should be separate lanes, like we have for cyclists, for O.A.P. buggies. 😀

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