First Spring Crop

A crater opens up across the road.

Passersby leap aside

as cars slow but nevertheless spew water, gravel, asphalt

onto the verge, now hidden under a dirty white blanket.

The substrate wears away to reveal

Rounded metal, dark and gray with a dull gleam.

A suburban attack vehicle ignores the hole,

Hits it with a heavy “thunk.”

The detritus subsides.

The hole reveals tilted glass reflecting a mackerel sky.

A Mini Cooper appears.

Soon Lake Avenue will have a new speed bump.

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