Streetwise

Free verse

Jean Campbell
Apr 9 · 1 min read
Photo by Arnaud Mesureur on Unsplash

Down the asphalt poured like licorice,
the street is theirs
sweat of tar echoing
from machines and men
who climbed the canopy of day
till quiet as a pendulum
the blue geometry of evening fell
on fresh oil and old woods.

The street is ours, winding past our windows:
song of trees buzzing over pitted gray
avenue against a dizzy balcony of clouds, as
this season rushes white to pink
to bloom in burgundy, feverish as summer flesh…
Did this green-eyed ghost know us in the snow?
Who coaxed us down an open path, between
the widening hours of new buds,
betwixt a swirl of jade and wind?
Which hand built this mortal arch
from the dead, the fixed, the inexplicable
multitude of leaves?

Jean Campbell

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Writer in true crime, humor and poetry. For more, check out my web page at https://jxcampbell.com

Lit Up

Lit Up

Welcome to Lit Up -The Land of Little Tales. Here you can read and submit short stories, flash fiction, poetry - in brief, your own legend. We're starting little. But that's how all big stories begin.

Jean Campbell

Written by

Writer in true crime, humor and poetry. For more, check out my web page at https://jxcampbell.com

Lit Up

Lit Up

Welcome to Lit Up -The Land of Little Tales. Here you can read and submit short stories, flash fiction, poetry - in brief, your own legend. We're starting little. But that's how all big stories begin.

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