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Crossing the street
by Georg E Mateos

Sunday, April 13, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Say, you are in a hurry, your back aches and your legs refuse to go faster or they are going to make you to fall flat on your face....
You are almost late and you need to cross that darn street, a big one, full of cars, buses, vans, ambulances patroll cars runing like their houses was on fire...but you need to cross that street with red lights that every wheeled artifact will get a damn to respect so you can walk when the green signal says Walk...
You need to be an acrobat or a ballet dancer...

Going to the other side is the easy part
but deciding when will twist your brain,
Walk-Donít Walk with not cops around
when someone decide to jump a red light.

Crossing streets should be a new science
teach in the schools to all those brats
that think the city is a Tarzanís jungle
and they can run and jump going wild.

But, come back to my dilemma, crossing,
the only thing that I will ever ever ask,
is, ďit will be safe for me to venture a foot
or a schmuck will run over me in a flash?Ē

Taxis, they are the real streetís Terminators
from the future with license to kill and maim,
yellow monsters like Godzillaís clones, trying
to flat out every inch of your pitiful life.

Buses, half empty and donít stopping, but,
with a finger he will signal another on his back,
as the rain, down from your collar to your socks,
are telling you that the flu is also no far behind.

Then, you get desperate, what the hell you said,
green, red, yellow, donít-walk, donít give a damn,
the street become your Bolshoi Ballet Theatre
and you dance forward among cars that crash.

On the other side a Cop want to give you a ticket,
for jaywalking and you start laughing like a mad
wet creature off of its rocket, because itís crazy,
punished for taking, crossing the street, my chances?

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Reviewed by Cryssa C 4/18/2008
You always have such an interesting and humorous outlook on things... You make me smile!
Cryssa :~)
Reviewed by Kathy Armijo 4/16/2008
Boy, can I relate. Crossing at the appropriate place, not always an easy task. If I had a jaywalking ticket for every time I crossed "incorrectly," I could wallpaper my entire house!!! Be safe when crossing, p l e a s e!!!!

God bless you. Kathy
Reviewed by Gwendolyn Thomas Gath 4/16/2008

Interesting write Georg "Crossing the street"
Smile it would be nice to be able to jump across it like that pic.

Take care many blessings of creativity to you,

Reviewed by Linda Hill 4/16/2008
Aww so funny but so true. Enjoyed this one, my friend.

Reviewed by Leann Marshall 4/15/2008
I'd laugh if only I could stop crying--or better, screaming--at all the terrifying commuter's memories you've roiled up. It's true, Georg, it's all true! I enjoyed it.
Reviewed by David Hightower 4/15/2008
Georg - I know the feeling you are expressing with your usual humor. I now live out in the country where cars can actually stop in the road when meeting another and carry on a conversation without inconveniencing anyone. - David
Reviewed by Larry Lounsbury 4/14/2008
This really hit the nail on the head for me. It is so hard to cross the street when the light changes so quickly. You either race across-or you get hit. Enjoyed
Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 4/14/2008
lol, George funny but true. you describe the awful truths of a busy metropolitan city...your chances? Fly my dear, fly over them all
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 4/14/2008
Such great images, be careful Georg!!
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 4/14/2008
I got a sharp pain just lookin at that picture, brother! Best to stay out of them damned old cities anyway.
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 4/14/2008
Good one the humor but also the truths in this one, love Holly
Reviewed by M.Bennett Hooper (Mikii) 4/14/2008
Jeez, Georg you make me happy to live in a small country town with not over 30 street lights and haven't walked with the lights in a decade. In gratitude forever for caring and sharing. LOL Mikii
ps I loved this piece.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/13/2008
You give a hilarious picture of what crossing a city street is like today,but it can be truly frustrating!;-) Excellent poem Goerg!
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 4/13/2008
This is a very allegory to real life Georg, a very gifted artist like you can pull this off, a total metaphor on a grand scale, with a most hillarious ending, replace the cop, with God and viola,,,,that wisdom tooth Georg, keep it, Bless you much!
Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/13/2008
I do not envy pedestrians at times in big cities where courtesy seems to end when some people get behind a wheel and start feeling omni potent. Good write my friend.

Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 4/13/2008
This would be a hilarious situation if it weren't for being so dangerous, too! Jimminy, Goerg...couldn't you find a Men's WC (rest-room) on the same side of the street where you were? Cheers, friend!
Reviewed by John Leko 4/13/2008
...light seriousness here Georg...and then the flashing seconds after one pushes the signal button...with the audible bird chirping...wishing one also had wings...just to get it all across.
great write Georg...
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 4/13/2008
Yes,, there are the times you don't know if you are coming or going,,, things get sooooo chaotic,, But hey if there is a cop on the otherside of the street wanting to give you a ticket,,, I just would not :)
Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 4/13/2008
Hummmmmmmmmmm..........thinking here is a fun read, but also takes me back to my prankster days-hee hee
pretending to unroll a rope with a helper & then pull it taunt
Oh Them Farm Girls & Their Bizzare Forms Of Entertaining
(till the un,arked squad arived)
well I guess throwing ripe milk weeds in the widow is out too ;)
Embraced ~ Embrassť
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 4/13/2008
Thanks for the smile!
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/13/2008
:) Cute, Georg, enjoyed reading this one. Well done!

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 4/13/2008
Just what I needed, yet......

On the other side a Cop want to give you a ticket,
for jaywalking <---- in english this means?
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/13/2008
A lot of fact in this but a lot of humor I got out of it.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/13/2008
Try walking (or running) across a busy highway--on CRUTCHES!! NOT easy! LOL Funny write; very well penned, Georg!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in America, Karen Lynn in Texas. :D
Reviewed by Bonnie May 4/13/2008
Oh this is so funny. I never know what to do either. Thank you for this terrific funny poem, and for the laugh. Love, Bonnie
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/13/2008
One of the many reasons i don't live, nor go anywhere near cities...very little traffic in a campground...e

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