Street Names

From the dVerse blog for Tuesday Poetics: May 29, 2018: “Here’s what I want you to use tonight as inspiration for your poem. I’ve listed some street names for you, and I want you to imagine what the street is like…or who might live there…or how the name came about.”

The street name I selected from the list is Buttgarden Street.


We pass this way most every day,
my faithful dog and I,
and on this street a man we meet,
his mutt heeled at his side.

We greet as neighbors tend to do
a nod and friendly hi.
Our dogs sniff at their private parts;
we turn a modest eye.

A garden for the neighborhood
some volunteers commenced,
fronts this street for several feet
behind a cyclone fence.

“I wish they’d put this somewhere else,”
my neighbor groused aloud.
“This used to be a quiet street.
Now every day’s a crowd.”

True, many gardeners come each day
to tend their tidy beds.
With backs bent low, they weed and sow,
as blood runs to their heads.

Perhaps someday we’ll see green stalks
of veggies grown with care.
But until then there’s just a crop
of butts up in the air.

About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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18 Responses to Street Names

  1. Most humour ours poems raise a smile or a chuckle. You made me laugh out loud. This is such a great response. I’d like to print it off and stick it on the wall on Buttgarden Street, just to raise a smile among the dogwalkers and neighbours there. Great rhyming and rhythm, but still conversational. 😆


    • Maggie C says:

      Thank you. This was a fun one, and I really do walk my dog past a community garden most mornings. The street, however, is mundanely named 2nd Street.


  2. Peggy Lemmer says:

    Made me laugh too! I picture a bunch of human butts in the air with a couple of dogs not wanting to sniff even one! 🙂

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  3. Ha.. I can see those happy gardeners making the name full of meaning…
    They are all really the butts of the joke.

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  4. rothpoetry says:

    An excellent poem! But why should we be surprised? After all it is Buttgarden street!

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  5. Ha! Loved this. It has a great pace and, well, it’s funny.

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  6. lynn__ says:

    Ha, that’s a picture!

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  7. Truedessa says:

    haha – a crop of butts up in the air, this was funny

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  8. Frank Hubeny says:

    Nice sound throughout and humorous tale of those dogs and gardeners.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. kim881 says:

    I love the sign in the picture and enjoyed the poem!

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