left the sunshine road
where heated summer secrets
disappear into a transparent sky.
ditch was dry and I felt
coolness flowing from the trees,
a relief from reflected days.
fence was old and easy
and shadows quickly embraced
my overheated heart.
bright sky silence was gone.
A world's ceaseless struggle
with treetop leaves filled my ear.
sun-filled road was hidden
by an endless turmoil of shadows
and delicate sparks of fallen light.
undergrowth grabbed and I
grappled with life's determination
to reach the wide sky above.
cool and the birds were noisy.
Furtive unseen creatures rustled
dry grass and fallen leaves.
there it was, a black stream
animated with white patches;
bright sky fragments from outside.
by this stream and watched it carry
the hidden world slowly past my eye.
I listened to the noises and understood.
slips beneath the road
between lush green, ripples
over shallows then calmly
flows to merge with the lake.
a picture, capture
a fragment of old land
where large trees slant
over this profluent stream.
a picture and hope
I can remember the peace,
the simple urge of life flowing
beneath this busy artificial path.