Dogs 2010

URBAN COMPRESSION
(3/4/10)


the building
in which I work
is in a strange
patch
of real estate
along the
interstate

a row
of modest
office complexes
is continued
by a few
low rent
apartment clusters
and a cheap
convenience store

a block
removed
from the expressway
and just north
of our run
is a high class fenced
and gated community
of Spanish style
looking as if
it had dropped
from the sky
into the neighborhood

watching
from our windows
we can see
at almost
any time of day
a strange mix
of downtrodden pedestrians
walking the curbs
middle class commuters
meandering through
the parking lots
and high end
vehicles
coming
and going
through a forbidding
wrought iron
automatic gate

driving in
this morning
I had to wait
to make a left turn
into our lot
first
for a late model
Lexus
taking up more
than its half
of the road
then
an 80's model
rusted Dodge
sputtering
and smoking
toward the main
avenue

I hope
that they both
make it
to where
they are
going

although
I'm pulling
a bit more
for the
American
make