watch them speed by and by
each lonely tempo
walking foot to foot
stepping in city rhythm
always moving
getting ahead
making a dollar
making the grade
trading a dime for a good time

bus, taxi, carriage, bicycle
dispersed across lanes
weaving in or out
exhausting and exhausted
avoiding and colliding

who’s to say
the next direction
there’s no predicting
no traffic signal flashing
is a final decision just the better guess?

preparing for planting
testing the soil, the ready earth
we’ve been searching for two decades
we found the crop
but where is our plot?

north or south
this city or that
peach trees or apple
deepen roots or uproot
autumn or new year
new harvest or new resolution
as long as it’s us
and ready
to flourish


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