Country Roads
© By Grady L. Duncan 
3/30/02
I spent my younger years,
living on an old dirt road,
that became a virtual quagmire,
when it rained or snowed.

In the hot Summer time,
when everything got dry,
It became a cloud of dust,
whenever a car passed by.
It was so rutted and bumpy,
all traffic moved real slow.
People even had the time,
to wave and say, "Hello!"

All of the country roads,
were pretty much the same.
They were crooked as a snake,
and only had one  potholed  lane.
A rickety wooden bridge,
spanned each and every creek,
with native timbers and boards,
that would always groan and squeak.

As we walked those dusty roads,
wherever we were to go,
it was a different world,
from the one we, now, know.
Deaths were mostly, natural. 
Speed was never a factor.
Few people owned a car,
and nobody owned a tractor.

Neighbors knew their neighbors,
and greeted them as they passed.
Now they just speed by,
concealed by tinted glass.
We never locked our doors. 
The windows were left ajar.
Now we have our alarms. 
Our windows are closed and barred.

The roads are all paved,
with their wide multi-lanes.
Heavy traffic rushes by,
driving like they are insane.
Ambulances are kept busy,
running to and fro,
reaping all of the carnage,
of those that drove too slow.

It hasn't gotten better.  In fact,
it's gotten much worse.
You can't enjoy paved roads,
while riding in the back of a hearse.
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