Monday, April 19, 2010

Sidewalk

Windows look upon the
sidewalk out their front door.
Its surface reflected in glass.

The crumbling path has
seen decades come and go,
history in the footsteps.

Many have walked this way,
some to reach a destination,
others with no direction.

Joy has stepped along its concrete,
and tears have splashed its surface.
Life imprinted with each footstep.

In days numbered it receives
the last moments of travel
along its broken surface.

Progress says it must go.
Soon men will come to remove it.
Its secrets crumbled into dust.


©Susie Clevenger 2010

11 comments:

poetryroad said...

Joy has stepped along its concrete,
and tears have splashed its surface.
Life imprinted with each footstep.

This stanza is my favorite but the piece as a whole is great. Just thought the imagery in this particular part was great!

poetryroad said...

Joy has stepped along its concrete,
and tears have splashed its surface.
Life imprinted with each footstep.

Really enjoyed the vivid imagery of this stanza!

Great job!

Quotes,Photos and a little Poetry said...

The crumbling path has
seen decades come and go,
history in the footsteps.
I love this verse. I often look at old cobblestone walks, visualize people from along ago walking on them.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

A sidewalk removed is a path no longer...

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Tigerbrite said...

So well done.
You get the feel of the place. The rubble of the past may be removed but it will still live in people's memories.

beccagivens said...

You know, it made me stop and think ... sad, I am late in considering all the possibilities of every day items we take for granted. Yes, the sidewalk holds much ... thank you for sharing and reminding me!

kshawnedgar said...

You brought the sidewalk to life, immortalizing it.

dsnake1 said...

the sidewalks certainly hold many secrets.
enjoyed reading this work, so rich in imagery. :)

Charlie Parant said...

Very well done, Susie...just remember with a new sidewalk will come new memories and you have captured the old ones here.

muzzleflashing.com said...

Very cool.
I love the celebration of the overlooked details of life (ie. sidewalks).
Great write!

Melissa Ridley Elmes said...

It's always sad to remember how we build things, and then destroy them again - but also heartening to remember that all life is cyclical. Thank you for sharing your work with us! Here's my offering this week: http://caridwen.wordpress.com/2012/01/13/friday-the-13th-made-you-look-and-also-dear-homer-drafting/

Happy rally!