In this poem we seem to have a conversation between two people. The speaker is apparently the driver and another person - a man not named "John" - who is apparently a passenger in the car. Why does the passenger rebuke the speaker-driver at the end? What is the speaker-driver ("I") afraid of? If you've read one of the Beat Generation novels of driving - for instance Kerouac's On the Road - compare the speaker-driver here to the transcontinentally wandering beats in their cars. Is it possible that Creeley's poem is a rejoinder to the beat aesthetic of driving-for-the-sake-of-driving?