Poem: "Making the Path Wider"


Making the path wider

Four feet wide, the notice said.
No ice, no slush, no hard-packed snow
Or else your neighbors will slip and fall,
And we will send you a fine.

Seven to ten we shoveled,
Working in shifts to stay warm
One thawing inside while the other
Scraped and salted the walk.

Teamwork, this is what it is
Edge to edge for 25 feet
Removing winter’s evidence
Just in this one spot.

What will tomorrow bring?
Sore shoulders and more snow,
The knowledge we’ve prevailed,
And hopefully a nap.

Copyright © Rachel E. Watson 2015.

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