Sidewalk Cracks

The sidewalk cracks come roughly each three feet

but the ants that scurry back and forth don’t seem to know
the steady rhythm of the concrete stretching on
as far as eye can see or ant can crawl in a day

the sidewalk cracks come roughly each three feet

there’s food to carry, eggs to move before the rain
comes beating down; the need to move is paramount
if we six legged creatures will survive the storm

the sidewalk cracks come roughly each three feet

watch out for bi-ped human beings as they walk
along this length of rock hard earth or you might find
yourself crush…

the sidewalk cracks come roughly each three feet

step on a crack, break your mother’s back!

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written for dVerse, where today, we are exploring expressing meaning through meter.  I have used primarily iambic pentameter and iambic hexameter

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13 thoughts on “Sidewalk Cracks

  1. Really skillfully done. In Oliver’s book, she talked about the skill the comes with an abrupt change in meter. A perfect example is that line “yourself crush”–it’s like getting slugged in the gut. I also liked the use of a refrain. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Those ants’ work is never done. And I don’t think their pals stop what they’re doing if one or more get crushed! I like the reference to the childhood ditty to avoid those cracks at any cost! Fun, Bryan!

  3. Bryan, you rocked the socks off the prompt, found whimsey & pathos in mundane environs, & threw in a refrain, like a somber echo, just to spice things up; excellent & fun, sir.

  4. You certainly convey motion here. Great use of meter and thanks for sharing! Thanks, too – I found dVerse through your responses and have been enjoying all the poems and poets there!

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