Along an avenue, the mind wandered while traveling
On foot, en route from an auto repair shop to a convenient
Food establishment--the precedence: a need for sustenance,
And prepaid credit on the app.
The sidewalk was lined, if not with businesses and parking
Lots, then with residences; the homes stood a good distance
From the curb, far enough to prevent serious damage should
A motor vehicle veer unintentionally onto the property.
There were a few houses with manicured lawns only; most,
However, were bordered by dense barriers: a row of bushes
Or a lengthy wall.
A distinct section caused contemplation, aesthetic relief from
A mishap of a day: a mess of rock forms, coarse-edged rubble
Masonry, the courses layered non-linearly.
This retaining wall seemed an assemblage bricolage; the
Surface was accented by the environment fated: moss, lichen,
And exhaust emission soot.
Two drainpipes were watery endpoints--a geometric segment,
A backslash line; a third had a spiderweb that acted as a filter
To snag bugs.
Sandwich particulars were tapped on the touchscreen; a bag
Of chips was taken off a shelf; from a refrigerator, a bottle
Lemon iced tea was obtained.
Smartphone scanned, the items were placed into a plastic
Sack; hands sanitized, an abandoned playground stoop
Was considered a fine place for a picnic.