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the same pond
Photography by giverny.org

the same pond

by Anne Soffer anne soffer
Enjoy Art | Poetry


based on a true story

Yesterday, sirens filled this site,

today, noiselessness.

Yesterday, there were tears,

today, the fountain sprinkles.

Yesterday, an ambulance, fire-engine and a police car parked on the street,

today, a BMW, Volkswagen and a Landrover.

Yesterday, people were supporting each other,

today, people are again self-absorbed.

Yesterday, this was a horrific place,

today, it’s deceivingly peaceful.

Yesterday, the sun shone,

today, the sun shines.

Yesterday a child lay lifeless in this pond.

Today, flowers exaggeratedly blossom,

did they yesterday?

Today, I walk by the church next to the pond,

God, where were you yesterday?

Today, duckweed is covering the pond,

yesterday it resembled a field of grass.

Today, lives are changed forever,

what was yesterday like?

Today this pond will never again be,

what is was yesterday.

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