Thursday, October 27, 2016

The City Planners

Cruising these residential Sunday
streets in dry August sunlight:
what offends us is
the sanities:
the houses in pedantic rows, the planted
sanitary trees, assert
levelness of surface like a rebuke
to the dent in our car door.
No shouting here, or
shatter of glass; nothing more abrupt
than the rational whine of a power mower
cutting a straight swath in the discouraged grass.

But though the driveways neatly
sidestep hysteria
by being even, the roofs all display
the same slant of avoidance to the hot sky,
certain things:
the smell of spilled oil a faint
sickness lingering in the garages,
a splash of paint on brick surprising as a bruise,
a plastic hose poised in a vicious
coil; even the too-fixed stare of the wide windows

give momentary access to
the landscape behind or under
the future cracks in the plaster

when the houses, capsized, will slide
obliquely into the clay seas, gradual as glaciers
that right now nobody notices.

That is where the City Planners
with the insane faces of political conspirators
are scattered over unsurveyed
territories, concealed from each other,
each in his own private blizzard;

guessing directions, they sketch
transitory lines rigid as wooden borders
on a wall in the white vanishing air

tracing the panic of suburb
order in a bland madness of snows 


  1. Excelente fotografia num belo efeito visual.
    Um abraço e continuação de uma boa semana.

  2. I like how you captured the pattern.

  3. Looks like very anonymous living...

  4. I like how you composed this photo. It's nice!

  5. Really looks like Lego! Atwood lives not far from me and her house is on a street where every house ids different from the next. Also a very pricey street!

    1. Thanks for your comment RedPat. I'm not at all familiar with Atwood's work, but was fascinated by that phrase "they sketch transitory lines rigid as wooden borders on a wall in the white vanishing air". It suggested to my mind at least something of what I saw in this photo.

  6. Good photo and the angle you've taken it.

    All the best Jan

  7. Now that is an interesting photo! I thought of Legos too, but then my house is full of Legos and I spend most of my time trying not to step on them.


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