Playground Repairs

The following is inspired by a construction site in Paterson, NJ, where I teach a few college writing classes.

Image result for inner city playground

Playground Repairs

Plastic sheets
as large as parachutes
cover the dirt,
piles of earth
exhumed from beneath

the macadam
where pipes stretch
like the bones
of beasts
that once thundered

almost as loud
as the hearts
of children herded
behind metal fences,
wide eyes peering

through twisted links
at the machines
digging, the loud men
who’ve forgotten
this is a time to play.


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