the sale of city park

That summer’s end
they buried the pool
after pumping out the water
folded its edges into
its empty center
almost gently

with the hydraulic fingertip
of an excavator
which also pressed
the earth down
until it was as smooth
as the lawn it became.

Its scaled fence uprooted
rerouted and barbed-wired
cautions trespassers now
where trees used to be
and laughter hadn’t drowned
when a bit of danger was
how fun was had
everything done upside-down
backwards and blindfolded.

Not long after
their leaves fell
you could see across the road
beside the baptist church
the cemetery
so cared for
it seemed alive
at the freshest grave
spring flowers leaned
against its stone.

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