California Avenue

Written by: Mike Bayles

California Avenue

                                Shells of two story houses
                                line a brick-laden street
                                single dwellings
                                converted into apartment buildings.

                                The street of acquaintances
                                becomes one of strangers,
                                and no one seems to care
                                about those who come and go,
                                and they don’t care, either.

                                Stories told resonate,
                                of summer nights
                                when people sat on porches
                                and invited passersby
                                to join conversations.

                                Facades of houses remain
                                and hide parceled interiors
                                now rented, lives hidden
                                in walls of their creation.