A Crossroad Orange

I went to the crossroad
Fell down on my knees . . .
— Robert Johnson

I went to the crossroad too. I went to the crossroad three times and the first two times the batteries in my camera died. Devils are said to hang out at crossroads. Was a devil messing with my camera? More likely I just mixed up the charged and the uncharged batteries.

police officerA roundabout is being installed at this particular crossroad. I went down there to bear witness. Approaching from the south on Barnes Road, the first thing I noticed was this sign. It being the weekend, there was no police officer ahead. The blinking lights were gone, but vehicles were proceeding through the intersection in an orderly fashion, as they’ve been doing for almost 10 years.

Spring green hasn’t got a foothold yet. What predominates at the crossroad is orange. Orange signs. Orange snow fencing. Orange-and-silver-striped barrels.

Land Bank sign à l’orange. The trees have been decked out in safety gear, in case they get whacked by a bulldozer.

Orange shows the way.

Orange shows the way.

Bike signs with orange garnish. Note car waiting its turn on Barnes Road.

HypacbumpThe little guy above got to take the weekend off. I didn’t see the bump either. The heavy machinery was up the road a bit. I passed it on my way toward Vineyard Haven.

About Susanna J. Sturgis

Susanna edits for a living, writes to survive, and has been preoccupied with electoral politics since 2016. She just started a blog about her vintage T-shirt collection: "The T-Shirt Chronicles." Her other blogs include "From the Seasonally Occupied Territories," about being a year-round resident of Martha's Vineyard, and "Write Through It," about writing, editing, and how to keep going.
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2 Responses to A Crossroad Orange

  1. Barbara says:

    Such a travesty. Another example of not only making our island uglier but also of wasting State Funds, sort of like the the 35 million dollar drawbridge that is replacing the 5 (or was it 8) million dollar temporary VH lagoon bridge.


    • No kidding. From start to finish this could be a case study in “government fail,” from the most local level up through the State House. An unnecessary project opposed by about three-quarters of the population — and it’s being built anyway.


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