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The Burning Sidewalk

The Burning Sidewalk

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Published by Sally Morem
A poem about the erosive power of time.
A poem about the erosive power of time.

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Published by: Sally Morem on Aug 03, 2014
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 The Burning Sidewalk
By Sally Morem
I set my foot upon the ancient crumbling path
Sun’s rays slicing through clear summer air 
 Baking the sidewalk into brilliant white How long ago at the age of five I first set foot on a print purposefully made By a child years earlier in freshly laid cement My toes discovered room to spare The child had been older than I When hardening cement was so rudely marred Runes carved alongside print  Numbers, I thought I could not read Seven years later I eagerly raced for the sidewalk Again, the print held my gaze I placed my foot upon the mark It seemed much smaller I read the scratcings M.R.
 – 
1939
The child had been my mother’s age
 Back before the world war I tried to stretch my mind

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