Animal Crossing

Walk sign is on
“The walk sign is
ON.”
And you snap
out of your daze
and back into the
whipping chill
of the Northwest’s
Wednesday night.
Move those feet
into the intersection
of 7th
and Self-Doubt.
The man on
the corner behind you
is screaming “Run…”
in no particular direction,
while a woman on
the corner ahead
beckons calmly
despite not being able
to look you in the eye.
Stop.
Stand in the streets
and ponder your options
while they all
fade away
without you ever
noticing.
Pray,
we pray that
one day you might
see the light,
and for a split
second you think
you have.
Or is that just a pair of headlights?

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Well, that question assumes it reaches the other side.