after Marianne Moore
onto the harsh sidewalk in turn—
hundreds; idle, crushed ben-
eath the feet of distrait passersby.
with little chance of survival
unwilling to tempt fate—
in shallow control joints: man-made faults.
of their studded beret find a
of existential earth,
sidewalks unsuitable for searching
against the pitfalls of cities:
convinced they’d become oaks
by the vanity in their nature.
Gregory Calabro is originally from Massachusetts. Gregory Calabro now lives in Gainesville, FL, where he is an MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Florida.
Artwork: “They Rejected Me I’m a Monster 1” by Rachel Coyne
Acrylic on paper