Dogs 2010

SIDEWALKS GONE
(7/15/10)


I see
the ghost towns
of the American
West

concrete walkways
leading untrodden
into the underbrush

foundations
supporting nothing
but past drafts
of structures
dreamed

lonely
chimney fingers
tracing heat
lost long ago
to the sky

how
many years
have they
stood?

how
many years
still?

decades?

centuries?

how long
does nature require
to erase
the errant
sketches
of man?

how long
until a depeopled
canvas
once again
sits upon
Earth's easel
awaiting
fresh brushstrokes
of elemental
color?

eons
perhaps
but much
sooner
than we
suppose