Thursday, January 3, 2008

Poet's Corner - ROAD WORK AHEAD

Road Work Ahead

KC McAuley

Dec. 2007


When she labored to give birth

The road to the hospital

Twisted and Turned

The sign announced

ROAD WORK AHEAD.


When she sent her to school

Lunch box and loose tooth

The bus pulled away

The sign said

ROAD WORK AHEAD


Every road had work.

School and books and math.

God and boys and drugs.

Sex and love and marriage.

College was long road from home

Even longer when she returned.


Together they traveled the longest road of all.

Three thousand miles from coast to coast.

They traveled broken roads,

Mended roads,

Detour roads,

No roads,

New roads

And old.


When she left her daughter

The cab ride to the airport

Twisted and Turned

The sign announced

ROAD WORK AHEAD.

2 comments:

chumly said...

Very thought provoking poem. Thanks it is wonderful.

nancy said...

Thank you.
I will be taking that cab in the fall.