The “We Believe in 118” community coalition began a sign initiative along 118 Avenue, which has gained noticeable momentum, judging by the number of signs visible in the windows of businesses and organizations on Alberta Avenue. With the advent of Christmas, the word “believe” is highly visible. I wrote this poem as I pondered the meaning and power of this word in the Alberta Avenue community.
As I walk down the Avenue,
I notice lots of signs
“walk” “don’t walk” “yield”
“line starts here”
I see as I pass by.
But there’s one sign that gives me pause,
I feel it through and through
“We Believe in 118”
Long live the Avenue!
“Believe” is such a simple word, a history of light,
a sign upon the Avenue, morning, noon and night.
The fates of those who slumber here, rest upon this word
like snowflakes on graffitied walks, lay upon the curb.
But a battle rages underneath, crying to be heard,
As we look forward, onward now—
whispering the word.