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(8 June 1920 – 4 December 1995 / Taringa, Queensland)

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In The Park

She sits in the park. Her clothes are out of date.
Two children whine and bicker, tug her skirt.
A third draws aimless patterns in the dirt
Someone she loved once passed by – too late

to feign indifference to that casual nod.
“How nice” et cetera. “Time holds great surprises.”
From his neat head unquestionably rises
a small balloon…”but for the grace of God…”

They stand a while in flickering light, rehearsing
the children’s names and birthdays. “It’s so sweet
to hear their chatter, watch them grow and thrive, ”
she says to his departing smile. Then, nursing
the youngest child, sits staring at her feet.
To the wind she says, “They have eaten me alive.”

Submitted: Sunday, August 03, 2008
Edited: Monday, December 05, 2011


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  • Maya Hanson (1/4/2014 10:51:00 AM)

    I love this! not the sort of thing i usually read though...thank you poem of the day program :)
    ~mye3 poet

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  • * Sunprincess * (1/3/2014 6:52:00 PM)

    ....the last line was a surprise...enjoyed..

  • Jamie Dewyer (1/3/2013 3:57:00 AM)

    wow, that is a great poem

    love is sacrifice, the ones you love the most, destroy you almost

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