For Better, or For Worse
Just south of the overpass called Freeway Park
On the West side of the freeway is a space between columns,
It’s a small incline that ends with a cement wall that separates the space
From 6th avenue.
The freeway just beside it exits to James.
I watch it as there are a homeless couple who have made a tent there,
Or rather a collection of items that include a broken tent. Of which
Stands next to their mattress, which is surrounded by increasing amounts of garbage.
Paper, food containers, plastic what nots, cans, bottles.
They dress like they may have blue collar jobs and keep clothes somewhat in reach of their mattress.
Of which is bare, weathered, stained.
I have seen them as I drive by,
Sitting on the mattress, eating, drinking, laughing together, chatting.
One afternoon about 5 on a Saturday, I finished route 5 and was deadheading back to base
As I drove by their place
They were naked, making love on their mattress amongst the garbage and trash,
It was sunny out, near 80.
They were vigorous and passionate.
Seeming unaware of the freeway as
traffic was heavy, busy as cars changed lanes vying for places in line.
The next Saturday,
As I drove by again, finished with route 5
The area had been cleaned,
The broken tent was gone, the mattress gone.
The area had been raked clean of all the garbage.
In the area where the mattress had laid,
The Dirt seemed darker, barer.
I remembered the look on her face as they made love,
Her open mouth, eyes closed, brow furrowed.
Her feet laid on garbage,
For better, or for worse,
For Richness or poorer,
Sickness or in health.