THE LAKESHORE WAS ONCE MOTEL & DINER CENTRAL – NOW CONDOMINIUMS HAVE TAKEN OVER

‘LAKESHORE’ by CHRIS RIDDELL

Along this strip
you could once find
vintage Thunderbirds
pulling into burger joints
before the movies,
and afterward they’d go
ripping up and down
the pavement,
surfing on the lake breeze.

That was when
the edge of town boomed
and everyone went to Lakeshore
to eat in diners
caressed by the cool wind,
and spend nights by the water
in small motels
on the beaches of Lake Ontario

Now their bodies crumble
as an excavator eats them
like crackers
and it’s stunning how easily
something comes to ruin,
how swift
the passage of time.

CHRIS RIDDELL is a writer and musician based in TORONTO. He’s written for Maisonneuve & The Globe and Mail, and his poetry has appeared in Vallum, Sulphur, and amomancies.

He endeavors to capture the beauty of the world, and universal truths about life on Earth.
You can reach Chris on Twitter (@itschrisriddell) and on Instagram (@modernquixote).

VALLUM, specializes in contemporary poetry, interviews and essays. It’s available, both in print and on the web at http://www.vallummag.com/archives_14_1.html

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