BIG YELLOW CATERPILLAR

ROAD WORK AHEAD

Traffic control teams
Twirl STOP and SLOW signs
Make your own lane
Orange barrel cones flash and reflect.

Blue flashing lights
Cops checking taillights.

Big yellow Caterpillar
Digging holes in the street
Optic-yellow jacketed crew
Wearing white helmets
Scurry here and
Scurry there.

Orange tape on wooden sticks
Along sidewalks

SIDEWALK CLOSED CROSS HERE

Or cross anywhere.

Gap-toothed steam shovels
Placing super-heavy steel slab-side cave-in barriers
Where people and rivers meet
It's all happening on Main Street
Entertainment for the jail
Cast-iron Howard clock observes all.

Dump trucks moving dirt
Water trucks wetting dirt
Dirt in the air
Dirt in our noses
Noisy machines tamping dirt in holes
Dig it up in the morning
Fill it back up at night
(So kids on bikes won't fall in)
Dig it all up again.

Big yellow caterpillar
Chrysalis
When, oh, when
Will you turn into a pretty moth
And fly far away?

END ROAD WORK
© 2014 by Michael J. Farrand


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