There’s a difference
between the wild animals of the wilderness
trapped between cities.
Even farms wedged between urban sprawl
eventually forget how to farm.
Trees planted in concrete avenues
know they will never die naturally.
Meanwhile, wild things adapt.
some creep and hide,
some linger to build dykes
for their eyes, so their minds don’t drown.
The trees grow as fast as they can,
but even the tall city plantings
know they have nowhere to go.
Copyright © Eric Ashford | Year Posted 2019