Overgrowth

each step lichened over

with neglected memories –

the untended history

of a thousand footfalls

 

crabgrass and clover camouflage

exhausted or exuberant homecomings

crisscrossed, trampled, with

departures delirious or delayed

 

in nature-reclaimed recollections

lie detritus of yesterday

seeding tomorrow’s growth

mossy or tempestuous

 

a portrait, askew

 

of neighborhood in decay

city in rebirth