Pedestrian Crossing

April 17, 2012


We are paused on a corner,
at dusk, 
in fading light.
He explains the 
is a crosswalk signal
meant to help the blind.
Then disregards 
the fact
the signal
 tells us not to cross.
from the curb
the palm red,  open
high five,
 stop, don’t cross,
I am faltering in short steps
stumbling along in heels,
we’ve stopped traffic.
His stride doesn’t change,
has an unapologetic gait,
confidence and age.
You wouldn’t dare
 Fred Chappell,
crossing the street.

Melissa I. Hassard
every  right reserved

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