What’s the Hurry?
Copyright 2001 Quentin Baker
It was a short life
(To the meter of “Old Dog” by William Stafford)
Up the gentle incline of Laguna,
Past modern hardware stores, Queen Anne condominium conversions,
A new church, A dilapidated three story ripe for urban renewal,
Except that the Japanese Senior Citizens and others are keeping
a tight hold on this that they have left,
Past the Victorians that line the street with elegance,
The trees shading the past just barely,
A past replete with soldiers ordering Americans into trucks.
Now, across Bush, the hill gets steeper.
Our breath comes harder.
You, Val, begin to lag behind,