Traffic Stop

They walk across the road

chests puffed out, heads high

as if to say, we own this spot

their waddling has purpose

as the traffic waits for them

once in a rush now stopped

having to wait while they saunter.

A brief moment of rest

from the hectic days we have

a time to watch this slow parade

that does not rush or seem to care

it’s not easy to sit there patiently

too many things to do and see

but maybe this brief interlude

is a special gift of peace

as finally the last of the group

a few steps behind, slows down

to look up at the massive vehicles

as if to say, “You’re welcome

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