Footpaths by Don Matthews

A tiled pavement with a black and yellow curb border and a yellow wall behind it
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Footpaths are for people

Or so I have been told

But recently I’ve found not true

This thinking doesn’t hold

Advertising signs appeared

‘Come and shop in here’

One more obstacle on path

To go around, steer clear

Cyclists began to then appear

On paths their wheels they put

Despite our walking ways be called

Footpaths, foot, pathFOOT

Electric scooters come on in

Let’s play jump, skip and run

The game’s call ‘try and run us down’

Hey, hey what such great fun

Please Mister Minister of Cars

What will be coming next?

Declare our path a motorway

We’ll know what to expect

The Minister for Changing Words has recommended ‘footpath’ be changed to the American ‘pavement’, a more sensible meaning. We all know advertising signs, bicycles, scooters, cars, stand on paves.


Don is an Australian writer who focuses on humour.  He runs the ‘Flippant, Comic, and Serious’ website.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Don’s witty take on the increasing disregard for pedestrians is all too real and very much relatable. It seems that walking on two legs is no longer given the respect it deserves. Maybe speed and efficiency supersede the ancient ways of transportation. And advertising is like a disease that creeps along till it can, spreading its ugliness, infecting the atmosphere. But then, how would consumerism flourish? I think I’ll just walk on the grass – if possible.
    Congratulations Don!

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  2. I enjoyed this piece Don!~ Kunjal

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks Kunjal……

      Liked by 2 people

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