A driveway to nowhere
I wonder where you went.
Perfectly paved, you abruptly end
Where you once began a wall now sits.
Did you once lead somewhere-
A house with shutters or a shop with a red door?
A vacant lot, a cement wall and some shattered glass
Is all you lead to now and not much more.
Were there initials carved during your first pour?
Did colorful chalk once cover your surface with whimsical scenes-
You, the canvas to countless pint-sized Picassos and Rembrandts.
How many masterpieces, hearts and sunshines will now go unmade, unseen?
Perhaps you never led anywhere
The start to an abandoned future never fulfilled.
The entrance to something greater that never arrived
The grand scheme someone forgot to build.
And so you sit-
Unnoticed mostly, as you fight off encroaching dollar weed and clover.
Forever the welcome mat to nothing
As you watch the cars drive by you, but never over.
The Not So Fantastic Reality:
The above story was inspired by the following tidbits I encountered today:
ONE: Ever notice something you must have seen, literally hundreds of times, but never really saw? Tonight on the way home from dinner, I glanced out the passenger window and just happened to notice this driveway- that led to nowhere. It struck me as particularly odd, first because this was an extremely busy road with lots of traffic so there aren’t really any houses right on the road and also because the driveway dead ends into a patch of grass and then the back wall of a median-income housing community. I know it doesn’t really sound all that weird, but it stuck with me for some reason and I started imagining all the places it could have led, all the types of businesses or homes it could have led to. It was a fun little exercise.
Love & Squirrels.