Today's poem is by Wendy Drexler

Light R48 on the Storrow Drive Underpass

Praise the beam of that light that slices
through late afternoon traffic.

and the faint scatter of that light
on the roadbed graded to a gradual bend.

Praise the gradual b end.

And praise the worker who climbed
up the catwalk at 4 a.m. to tape

the stencil, R48, high on the tunnel wall,
spray-painting R48 in rusty r ed,

and then mounted the back plate,
connecting the cable to the power source,
completing what is

every day taken for granted, among all
the hours, perishable, yet to come.

Copyright © 2017 Wendy Drexler All rights reserved
from Before There Was Before
Iris Press
Reprinted by Verse Daily® with permission

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