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[ CC ] Cricket Song

   
Is this really necessary?    
I am constantly asking † †
† †
There are no critics with answers †  
cryptic or straighforward †  
only crickets chirping †  
---they are just as unhelpful †  
† †
Sun settles to earth †  
long after my cement crusted †  
little, red wheelbarrow †  
with a recently flattened tire †  
came to an abrupt halt; † †
† †
a contraption quite useless † †
in its downtime on a good day †  
except for collection of rain †  
and shade offering to chickens †  
---lack of multifunctionality †  
on full display as if it was †  
the perfect minimalist poem †  
† †
I know I already asked this, but †  
Is this really necessary? †  
in the hopes of reply from something †  
other than Mary's busy little builders †  
† †
So much of our lives consumed † †
with acquiring this and that thing †  
to accomplish that and this task †  
---all of which excelling in irrelevance †  
if you were to fast forward †  
the Betamax recording of Life †  
to the end result †  
† †
Regardless of my energy expended †  
shuffling mortar across yard †  
for binding a fireplace's brickwork †  
the house I am currently building †  
already exists in finished form †  
for generations to come; †  
† †
enjoying its warmth in winter †  
after trudging paper-sacked foods †  
through snow from the market †  
strangers who didn't have to lift a finger †  
in the construction of it other than †  
writing a check †  
† †
JohnnyBlaze
Written by JohnnyBlaze
Published | Edited Today
Author's Note
for the Classic Corner Comp "Variations on the Word Love" @
https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/competitions/read/11965/

Inspired by Margaret Atwood's "Carrying Food Home in Winter" @
for the Classic Corner Comp "Variations on the Word Love" @
https://deepundergroundpoetry.com/forum/competitions/read/11965/

Inspired by Margaret Atwood's "Carrying Food Home in Winter" @
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=31179

also inspired by Mary Oliver's "Song of the Builders" @
https://www.poeticous.com/mary-oliver/song-of-the-builders

also also inspired by William Carlos Williams "The Red Wheelbarrow" @
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/45502/the-red-wheelbarrow
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