Poemdog

Dogs 2019

STREETS AND SIDEWALKS
(1/12/19)


I take
great comfort
in asphalt

in concrete

reminders
of things
more permanent

more resilient
than I

I'm glad
that the
highways

the
byways

the improved
walkways
are there
for my use

even when
weeds
push through
the cracks

through
the seams

indicating
some inanimate
mortality

subject
to the same
attrition
of age

but much
less susceptible
than I

still

I am
warmed
by the fact
that they
will remain

resurfaced

repoured

long after
I'm gone

so that
some day

some child

may look
down
upon the roads

the paths
that I traveled

and perhaps
smile

much
as I always
have

at the glorious
utility
of it all