The Children Can’t Play This Spring

spring

Sleepless nights ‘cuz the boogeyman’s gonna get you.
Rapid breathing, nausea, chills down the spine.
Children taken while walking home from bus stops.

Strangers offering candy to preschoolers
out playing in the yard alone.
Where have all the adults gone?

I am here. Is it enough to keep her safe from predator-hands –
picking them like flowers from garden beds as they bathe in the sun
oblivious to weeds wrapping around their fragile stems?

Dooms day is coming, and ready are the evil ones
driving around in red trucks and blue sedans;
wearing baseball caps and long gray hair, at least in my neighborhood

where invisible bars have appeared on our windows
and her bike now sits in the garage gathering dust.

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3 thoughts on “The Children Can’t Play This Spring

  1. ugh….when i was growing up we would walk miles to be with friends or work…i dont think i would do that these days….too many predators out there…i wonder if they are just more visible now…or more of them…ugh…

    hey you, how are you…

Thanks for sharing.

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