“It’s a jungle out there” I heard someone say
and I reflected on the truth of it.
cars, trucks, anything with four or more wheels,
Rush up and down streets, braking heavily
When the light turns red
and if the streets are a jungle,
the freeways are even more so, with
motorists hell-bent to reach their destinations
and everyone else beware–
their vehicles are beasts prepared
to demolish anything
that gets in their way.
Pedestrians are no longer safe
Walking to or from school or work,
or just taking a walk around the block
in the evening.
You never know what is out there;
Punks, wanna-be gangsters–
Another child w ho wants your child’s
and takes it.
Never leave your car unlocked;
Never leave any belongings unattended.
Never leave the house unlocked at night.
Dangers lurk everywhere
in the Urban Jungle.
Sandra Lee Smith,
March 9, 2009