Change and Change Again

Four vacant blocks strewn with the rubble
Of buildings that had stood upon them
Last time I looked
Buildings that had replaced earlier buildings
That had replaced even earlier buildings

I tried to remember them
Those buildings I had known
As they looked months, weeks — days ago
And could no more recall their shape and sight
Than resurrect their never seen predecessors

With squinted mind I tried again
Just a vagueness of brick and grime
That could have been

Any row of buildings
Left over
From any other time