Immutable Force

Cinder block by cinder block,

Community consciousness develops

Perpetual presence in each others’ days and lives

Travails and tribulations of circumstance

Create unavoidable, if tentative, comradarie

Collective quest for survival

Desired experience of humanity

Bonding becomes inevitable

Immutable force of nature

Transitory

Transitory trauma bonds develop

Apparently insurmountable differences:

Historical, generational, cultural, philosophical

Over-ridden in quest for survival, self-improvement.

Pre-dawn decrees to young companion:

“Bag and tag”

Streetwise, tough façade momentarily shed

Acknowledgment of mixed emotions voiced;

Relief at movement, progress along the journey

Anxiety inherent in all transitions

Sorrow accompanying departure from friends.

She notes echoing emotion in herself

Foreshadowing future personal upheaval