Broadway in a Small Town
Paths in the park now overgrown with weeds,
stones tossed by restless children away
from the pond now empty of ducks.
Rich and famous congregate in the heat
of summer and slowly leave as August
begins to empty trees.
Bands no longer play along Caroline
Street; inside, outside, on roof tops,
corners, alleys and side streets are
quiet in the afternoon.
Out door eateries and crowded bars,
red sofas in the center of a city yard
where iron gates keep the young away.
One black iron gate shuts an elevator
door to take you to the top floor –
inside my mind everyone jumps, a
railing lower than knees.
Broadway in a small town.