The inflated, wide- as-a-car sign lying
on the west side of the boulevard reads,
Caution Children Playing. Cars slow then stop,
not for children who play ball or tag but for that sign.
One snag from the rusted metal door of a jalopy
will pop it like a blister. A runner zips past, turns,
jogs in place long enough to read the words, shrugs.
I slow my fast-paced walk so the wind reeling
from my feet won’t ruffle the caution, read the words
again and again, look for children who should be
playing in the street. They’re in the yard behind a fence,
safe, tucked away from anything roaring past.
Robin Wright’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming in Indiana Voice Journal, Eunoia Review, Peacock Journal, Unbroken Journal, (b)OINK zine, Lost River Literary Magazine, Rat’s Ass Review, and others.Two of her poems were published in the University of Southern Indiana’s 50th anniversary anthology, Time Present, Time Past. She has also co-written two novels with Maryanne Burkhard under the name B. W. Wrighthard, Ghost Orchid and A Needle and a Haystack.