This Moment {seattle’s alaskan way viaduct}

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{This Moment}
A Friday ritual.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.
A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
~joining Soule Mama
:::
History through a Lens
The Alaskan Way Viaduct
is an early 1950s double-layer asphalt highway waffle cone
that drips along
Elliot bay in Seattle’s Industrial District,
Downtown.
The Alaskan Way Viaduct
follows previously existing railroad lines, north-south,
was rattled to its core
damaged
in the 2001 Nisqually earthquake.
Our recent weekend getaway
for love, for love of music
held us one block north of The Viaduct.
Traffic hysteria, petrol logjam
rose as demolition and removal began
the day our getaway began.
We checked into our room
amid Belltown’s
Battery Street
Tunnel’s hum.
Hours later,
back on pavement
on foot
we heard
only sirens and people asking for change and crosswalk bells and police cars and a firetruck in the distance and rain and rain
we didn’t hear
traffic.
We stood on top of
Battery Street Tunnel
to snap a photo
after the last car had left
which was way before we got there
to snap a photo
after the first people came across in ceremony, in memoriam
on foot, on bike
which was way after we left there.
Sometimes
we’re in
just the right place
at
just the right time
to record
just the right piece of local history.

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