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Thomas’ Car Sees the World

thomas car rodinThomas’s Car sneaked into my bag
A gift from a little boy.
But everywhere we go
That car is a nag
Though it’s just a toy.

In Vancouver, it shouted
“I want to see!
I want to do everything!”
When I locked it away, it pouted
It couldn’t stand to just be.

In LA, through Serras it zoomed
and even got trapped underneath one.
When it found the Rodins
I thought we were doomed
To it, each shape was the sun.

It zipped down walkways
And flew through the air.
I said when it attached to my boob,
“We’ll stay here for days
And really be quite a pair.”

But when we found art
That was formed like a city
All squares and rectangles and shapes.
“This place is really smart.
Let’s get down to the gritty-nitty.”

So we wandered a while
And we watched all the cars
Zoom around and around and around.
Up a conveyor they would pile
Like they were reaching stars.

“I want to play, too!”
The little car said
As it quivered inside my hand.
“It’s like a car zoo
I can run fast and go right to bed.”

“But just think,” I retorted,
“Of all the things
You’ve gotten to go out and see.
If here you’ll be sorted
You’ll miss experiences life brings.”

The little car sighed
Some exhaust it did spit
Into my sweaty palm.
“So my options are fried
If I decide with my friends to flit?”

I said, “You can come with me.”
“Where to?” it asked.
“To a land Down Under, across the sea.
Without you, so sad I’d be
To smile again, I’d have to be masked.”

“I want to go with you,”
My little friend needed to flee.
“You’ve given me the urge to roam.
We make a great two
And there’s lots of world left to see.”


Chris Burden‘s Metropolis II is part of the permanent collection at LACMA. If you’re in the LA area on a weekend, the installation comes to life at scheduled intervals every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check out their website at for more information.

Thanks to Thomas Young for gifting me with this fun little car. I’m having a blast with it. To see Thomas’ Car Take the LACMA in pictures, check out the gallery here: Andra Watkins Tumblr

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. They sneaked in well

    June 1, 2014
  2. See, you are a closet car lover. You should tell the little car that it is going to visit the land of Mad Maxx and that series’s amazing automotive creations.

    June 1, 2014
    • And Aussie Git, my favorite race car driver Mark Webber. Sigh. Though I like him for more than his abilities behind the wheel. And Aussie road rally races. That’s it-take Thomas’s car to a rally race in Oz!

      June 1, 2014
  3. Have fun in Australia little car! I know you will!

    June 1, 2014
  4. Now, if that car was a Transformer, it could mimic stuff and go more places. But then again, Michael Bay would be following you around and I don’t think you want that. That, and on a whim I read your poem while watching this trailer with the sound down and almost fell off my chair laughing:

    June 1, 2014
  5. I have a Barbie who travels with me – it really does make you a child again and you start seeing things through a little person’s eyes. Have a blast

    June 1, 2014
  6. Thomas’ Car. Sounds like a great kids story.

    June 1, 2014
  7. fantastic that the car is with you on these adventures

    June 1, 2014
  8. I’m so glad Thomas’s car is part of your adventure!!!

    June 2, 2014
  9. tarakianwarrior #

    I love this Andra. 😀 Thank you.

    June 2, 2014

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