. Ottawa Ho! In the days of yore, it is written, All the dreamers would dream of the sea. __But the sailor’s way __Has become passé— It’s the trucker’s life for me! How I long for the open highway! How I yearn to be boundless and free! __Rising up with the dawn— __Turn the radio on— It’s the trucker’s life for me! In my sleeper cab parked on the roadside, I’d be cozy as cozy can be, __With the freeway’s soft sweep __Lulling me into sleep— It’s the trucker’s life for me! Oh, the solitude, how it is calling! All those hours with no company __But the red and white lights __Gleaming into the nights— Oh, the trucker’s life for me! And if ever my nation is captured By the pirates of bold tyranny, __I’d be there with my truck, __To help get it unstuck, For the trucker’s life’s for me! Now, considering the fact that I suffer From a bad, diesel-fume allergy, __It might logically seem __I should table this dream Of a trucker’s life for me… And I'd likely do well to remember My slight problem with narcolepsy— __And my failure to best __That confounded road test— Is the trucker’s life really for me? Well, perhaps I am better off sitting At my hearth with a hot mug of tea, __Sipping “health” to the men __Doing all that they can With their trucks to defend Liberty. And a special salute to the truckers Of the land of the fair maple tree: __Your persistence and pluck __Make me itch for a truck— It’s the trucker’s life for me! . . Jack DesBois is a singer, actor, and storyteller. He gives annual Epiphany season performances of The Western Star, which he wrote in 2016. He self-published a chapbook of short poems in 2018. As a singer, Jack has had the good fortune to solo in several of the great works of Baroque Oratorio, including Handel’s Messiah (Bass) and Esther (Haman) and J.S. Bach’s St. John Passion (Jesus). Jack lives in Topsfield, Massachusetts.