By Art Stamford
Mopeds, scooters, bicycles, dogs-
old ladies in sneakers, young women in clogs –
all of them vying for West Side space –
who’s going to yield and give up their place?
There may be laws, but nobody knows them,
and anyone who does quickly forgoes them.
Passenger cars heedlessly zip along,
don’t give a damn if they’re doing something wrong.
Bikes and scooters routinely run the light,
unconcerned if they give someone a fright.
Crossing 85th I nearly got drilled,
three blocks later I thought I’d been killed.
Taxis, trucks, and buses have their share of blame,
cutting round corners like it was a game.
Deference would help, but who will yield first –
like they’re contesting who can be the worst.
The whole thing scares me: I have to confide
it’s not fun being old when you step outside.
The streets grew quiet with Covid everywhere –
we don’t need that, just respect and care.
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