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