Snowing Lightly & I am Looking for Pyramids in the Street
by Steven McCabe
Clearly the street sign is warning me about pyramids ahead.
Maybe around the corner. By the school or the park.
My neighbours say no. This is about speed bumps.
It’s simply a way of saying go slow. Drive slowly.
My neighbours tend to minimize everything.
I think this time they are wrong.
They say I have no idea what they saw driving up here tonight.
That I have no idea what they have been through.
That in the short time I have left I need to be more open to the experiences of others.
I said ‘What?’
In the public domain photos of Wikipedia Commons I found a link to images of cultural expression in Finland following World War 2:
I thought that was Fred MacMurray with Jane Wyatt, the mother who played opposite Robert Young in the TV sitcom Father Knows Best, so I interpreted your poem as a commentary on the awkwardly innocent American ideal of parental perfection which was rampant during the 50’s! 🙂 However you meant it, I liked it. It made me smile.
Fred MacMurray! I can see the resemblance. And appreciate your interpretation.To be honest I smiled and even laughed a fair bit putting this together! Thank you for these thoughts.
I love how you bring together whimsey and worry. Or something like that… This is wonderful.
Whimsey and worry. True enough. I do something along those lines. Thank you for this thought.