High above, against a cloudy winter sky
eerie crackling and buzzing sounds
scurry along high voltage wires
bringing forth random images
of squirrels darting along a fence,
logs burning in a fireplace,
embers popping, sparks flying.
beneath a walking and bike path
a pipeline carries high octane jet fuel
from Concord to the airport in San Jose
traveling through neighborhoods
alongside schools and shopping centers.
A few years ago in Walnut Creek
a backhoe struck this pipeline.
The explosion killed five people.
In the meantime
what the heck
let’s put up some new roofing