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What’s the Hurry?

Copyright 2001 Quentin Baker

Smashwords Edition

Val

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,

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