Invergordon Road

German Piedrahita

the streets with pretty names
where cars that barely run
drive up to five car garages
to help raise the young
care for the old
clean the house
and pet the dog

the children
of the streets with pretty names
love their Dora La Exploradora
who is not from a street
with five car garages

love is given free
from the maidens
of the streets with pretty names

when the cars that barely run
finally stop
the maidens
of the streets with pretty names
walk
buses don’t come
to the streets of five car garages

children grow up
old maidens are replaced
by younger stronger maidens
with cars that barely run

the old maidens return home
at the final end of shift
and tend to their homes
where sometimes
they have pretty roses
in the front of multi-colored houses

their rewards for time spent
in the streets with pretty names
with five car garages
are novelas, arthritis
and back pain

they drove the nicest
cars to the market
tasted fine foods
swept and mopped
among masterpieces

but the maidens
with cars that barely run
never return
for they are not
of streets with pretty names
and five car garages