No birds ’cept pigeons that bring only litter;
No robins to dig worms and proudly twitter.
Only the pavement in bright dirty white,
Full of fast people from daybreak till night.
The street is narrow, but powerful still
With people and money to do as they will.
Those bulls and those bears in furious tilt
Pay no mind to spring as they trade to the hilt.
Alas, the seasons on that street do pass
Marked only by the sun on the skyscraper glass,
As the traders stand forever on their toes
And never, no never, stop to smell a rose.
George Balco, who lives in Mink Meadows, has been active in Tisbury government for many years, holding a number of elected and appointed positions.