Brussels and roadworks make a pair
Yellow and blue barricades
«Déviation» signs are everywhere
Pipes and sewers need «upgrades».
Journeys now take twice as long
Transit buses out of sight
Timetables often simply wrong;
A half-hour wait - or deadline tight!
Asphalt mixers, stacked-up bricks
Deep trenches dug in clay and sand
Teams of workmen come to fix
Our cobbled streets, bare-backed – and tanned!
In theory, long hours, sunny days
Should translate into work soon done
But progress slows in summer haze;
Watch where you put your feet, old son!
(c) Poet in the woods 2017