Sub Urban Ecology
The roadside stream
carries strange fruit and flowers
past treadbare tire banks
to oil drum islands
These chocolate milk containers
and styrofoam hot cups
bare no seed
A few years later
The stream has to move back
to make way
for "U Do It" car wash
and Drake's Cakes Delivery Depot
But because water needs
a place to flow
a new bed is bulldozed out
and a few fresh tires rolled in
Now a quick fish in that clean stream
Says, "OK by me"
And slips slick as a melonseed
Up cross to the other bank
Keeping just ahead of eye speed
Rodney, Sid and Jake wade in
More or less fearlesly
For sport, character development,
and to show at school.
Inside a high-rimmed truck hub cap
An onery and exotic exhibit
is soon assembled,
pacing laps, waving wicked green claws
snapping and flapping their tail fans.
A goldfish or two will be long gone
Before teacher catches on.