Google Maps

Google Maps
is a useful application
but when you use Get Directions
and click on the “walking” icon
you may inadvertently provoke
fifteen minutes of terror
resulting in you thinking a particularly twisty
and particularly busy road
with a particularly high speed limit
has a sidewalk
when
in fact
it just has a shoulder
and some trees have fallen across that shoulder
and you decide to keep going anyway because
you were sure you saw a sidewalk on Street View
and obviously it’s just beyond the next bend
except it isn’t
and though you do find a sidewalk a long way
from where you thought it started
you’re just grateful you didn’t die
while climbing over fallen trees
on the shoulder of a road
no one sane should ever walk on

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