Dogs 2010

SINKHOLE
(6/3/10)


I stood there
for a while
each afternoon
watching them
for weeks
daily digging
beneath the interstate
drilling a hole
with machines
and much
water

the endeavor
was meant
to serve
as a tunnel
for new drainage
electrical
and communications
conduits
beneath the
soon-to-be-expanded
roadway

the existing
highway
however
was built
of older stuff
and finally collapsed
yesterday
from all the
subterranean
commotion
completely closing
all access
to motorists

this
is the main
east-west route
through the city
so causes much
concern
among the usual
commuters
as well as
non-local
travelers

professionals
did this
in full possession
of all
the facts

they at least
looked
as if they knew
what they
were doing

who
can really
tell?

now
they work
feverously
to salvage
the project
and to restore
vehicular transit

I watch them
today
in their manic
activity
but stand
a bit
farther back
from the
precipice
of the
proceedings

the trust
has been
lost

hardhats
be damned