Friday, October 22, 2010

Summer Sequoia

The cool winds of autumn arrive
Too late to save the young sequoia

That had managed for twenty years
To survive on the narrow strip

Of dirt between the sidewalk
& the graffitied brick wall

From my office window across the street
I watch helplessly as the branches droop

& the leaves dry up and turn brown

In the early morning, high school kids
Carrying books and backpacks

Chat animatedly as they walk
past the dying sequoia

Two little girls in matching pink sweaters
Stroll to school with their mother

On the cracked sidewalk
Where only last week

There was a trail of blood
Leading to a pile of torn

& blood-soaked clothing

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