Sidewalk art

Blue green, blue violet, carnation pink
lemon yellow, orange red, raw sienna
drawn and melted on a light-gray sidewalk–

a masterpiece of childhood–
stick figures, block houses, round tree tops
four-leaf flowers, bright yellow bees

I’m caught crayon-handed.

soap, tears, and scrub brushes
hands scraped and bleeding
the offending colors erased
She said: Next time use chalk

It was the last time I made
a mark on the world–

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