Poem: Out for a Walk

Our new neighborhood is full of some interesting people. This is but a glimpse of my walk this evening after work today. The neighbors’ cats are so funny, too. A lot of them just hang out near the sidewalk (or in the middle of the sidewalk) hoping that someone will pat them as they walk by. Attention hogs! lol. I’m very thankful that I live near some great parks. Was walking up one of the gorges, tonight.

img_20160823_190158896.jpgangry cars at stoplights

cat stretched out on the sidewalk

a furry checkpoint

pay the toll

(one pat, a scratch behind the ear)

and be on your way

a young girl named “Marty”

a huge, long-haired dog

looks like a four-legged Chewbacca

two women wearing name tags

clutching flyers: Avoid eye contact

a couple who clearly don’t shower

lovely garden, though,

a guy walking his dog

tugs on a ball in his dog’s mouth

water brown and stagnant

so dry, my scuffing feet

drown out the sound of running water

thoughts are racing

and breath in gasps

need to go, go, go

up one more stairs,

down two, one more to go

then back home and time

for the inhaler; breathe, breathe

breathe in the life

of a home so varied

of one walk

that took only thirty minutes

 

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