Six late-August evenings (3)
The mist climbs down the edges of the soccer field.
We are surrounded: on one side a power substation
With towers, cables and wires stretching out in all directions
Dwarfing the abandoned factory on Commerce with the smokestack
That looks like someone stubbed a giant cigar
Into the earth, back when people were giants;
On the other side a massive mostly empty school for the deaf
And blind trying to figure out what to become in
A new century where you don’t isolate children.
The mist is rolling, from the corners of the field
Toward the pre-teen daughters in their blue and red
Pinnies focused on the soccer scrimmage.
My daughter is out there, growing taller and stronger
And more invisible with each passing minute.
Coaches are like a good timepiece made in another
Country, they don’t stop for anything. Not even for
Parents whose daughters are disappearing before
Their eyes, straining to identify a joyful yell for the ball
As it skids over the wet blades into the future,
beyond the taut lines of current and the brooding brick
and the skeletal structures of power behind them, looming.
I like the factory imagery and the idea that the coaches could stop time if they wanted to.