There is a place where the sidewalk ends
And before the street begins,
And there the grass grows soft and white,
And there the sun burns crimson bright,
And there the moon-bird rests from his flight
To cool in the peppermint wind.
The place where the sidewalk ends is the point in life at which a person moves from childhood into the life of an adult. Sidewalks are a symbol of a safe place for kids to play and be careless, whereas the street is a place for adults to go from one place to the other. A street symbolizes work and responsibility, especially when linked with cars, buses, commuting, etc.
Here the soft grass, crimson sun, and the peppermint wind are indulgences of childhood, appealing to senses dulled in adulthood as we grow too busy and arrogant to revel in the simple pleasures.
The “moon-bird” may be a reference to the 1959 cartoon “Moonbird.” The story is about two boys who sneak about of their bedrooms to search for the mythical moonbird throughout the night, to return by morning. With the end of the moonbird’s flight comes the end of these children’s adventure.
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