The Big Dig

by Joseph V. Kleponis

The downtown stretch
Of the Southeast Expressway
Is underground now;
The North End and Downtown,
Financial District and Waterfront,
Are connected, yet separated,
By the expanse
Of the Rose Kennedy Walkway.

Of course, the older neighborhoods –
South Boston and Roxbury,
Dorchester and its other half –
Are still cleaved
By the ironwork and asphalt
Road of commerce
That was to keep the Hub
The Hub.

What this road
And its history
Say about us –
Our changing hopes and desires –
Is, perhaps, the work
Of historians or archaeologists
Who’ll dig deeper
Still –

For poets
Can only tell the truth
Of images created by words –
Elusive and shifting –
Like the shadow of day before night
Or the sound of sound
At dawn’s half-light.


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