For tourists traveling to Washington, D.C.
in hopes of viewing historic monuments,
the city might be a bit disappointing these days.
Many of Washington’s historic sites
are shrouded in tarps and scaffolding.
Cranes extend far above Memorial Bridge
and lanes are closed as cars speed under the Kennedy Center.
Blazing orange cone and barriers mar
the view of the tidal basin
and potholes rattle cars traversing city streets.
As Washington’s monuments age,
the city has ordered a facelift.
Hopefully, the cherry blossoms
peaking in April
will distract from the
flashing construction signs
dotting D.C.’s historic byways.