It’s not good
for the driver
who has someplace to be or
for the critters nearby
in the sewer,
brook or tree. But
the gasoline leaking
from an unknown vehicle
leaves a mural
of swirling colour
on my street –
a roiling ocean
sunset during a storm.
A masterpiece.



Joan Riordan is an educator with decades of experience. She enjoys writing for children, taking long walks and baking. One of her specialties is Rainbow Cookies.