Asphalt Cancer

 

 

Last night I watched the sidewalk quiver

and spasm as if caressed,

bordered by tufts of neon moss,

chameleon in green finesse.

 

The trickle in the gutter,

leftovers from a mint fresh rain,

corroded bricks to urban silt,

sloughed to sewers, to mud, to dust.

 

Trees like plastic Hollywood

were cramped by raised cement.

It seemed as if this camouflage,

these row-house slabs of man,

 

had failed to cover,

to hide, to dent

the transcendence of crawling weeds,

the evening’s strange foment.

 

 

6 comments

  1. Hi Craig

    So well done! I really like the way you show the urban decay as well, perhaps, as the state of humanity that lives there —

    It seemed as if this camouflage,

    these row-house slabs of man,

    had failed to cover,

    to hide, to dent

    the transcendence of crawling weeds,

    the evening’s strange foment

    Nature, it was said, often mirrors in its own universe the smaller universe of humanity. I think this could apply here. Also nice attention to vivid imagery and precise sonics. Enjoyed this piece! Thanks for sharing.

    My Best
    Wendy

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  2. “Trees like plastic Hollywood

    were cramped by raised cement.”

    Craig,

    A strong image with sounds that delight the ear.

    From beginning to end, I absolutely love the first stanza.
    (It is Technicolor for all the senses).and the second third
    and fourth are magnifique.

    Happy Easter!

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  3. MSS, I listened to some readings. Would like to hear you read some things I’ve written. Gwen, always thrilled to hear from you. Sarah – Dear friend, happiest of Easters.

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  4. A very appropriate title for the spread and effect of man upon the land. I am reminded of
    the line “they paved paradise and put up a parking lot” from the old song. Well written with good images throughout.

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  5. The trickle in the gutter,

    leftovers from a mint fresh rain,

    corroded bricks to urban silt,

    sloughed to sewers, to mud, to dust

    Yes, excellent write. Dee

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