River Rock
by Alice B. Clagett

What must it be like
          for countless springtime songs
          to be tossed by the boisterous surge? 

          Then, summer days,
                   baked in the dappled sun,
                   watching rabbits and squirrels conspire? 

          Winters, long,
                   waiting once more for spring? 

And now,
          stuck in a concrete median strip on Wilshire Blvd,
          tickled by junk food plastic wrap,
                   cell phone soliloquies,
                   and the sometime shade of a sapling tree 

Ah, well,
          Its sturdy, patient heart
          shares grey green dreams
          beneath a stream of cars 

-- a gift of love, late April, 2004

from "The Chalice and the Crucible"   Site home page: 2U3D


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