Dead End
by Sharon Cramer

Although they were not enforced
the marriage was full of signs
one way
do not enter
put out by invisible construction workers

Their silent warnings cautioned
Construction zone
Go slow – my daddy works here

From a thoroughfare, our road has become a single lane
How was work?
Did you pick up the cleaning?
What’s on PBS tonight?

and traffic backed up
with all the
____unstated questions
____ unresolved answers
____ unspoken hopes
until only the one sign was left

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