Free Verse Poetry

Sometimes You Can’t Go Back

I think about a patch of rust 
Tightly hugging a fence pole 
On some forgotten plot of dirt
Connected to a length of chain links
Encasing an old, old playground

That patch of rust never grew
But it steadfastly remained 
And could never be removed
To reveal the shiny solid metal beneath

I think about that patch of rust
And wonder about the mechanics 
of reverse oxidation
If Jesus could turn water into wine
Certainly I could go back there
And get rid of that water altogether 

But I can only travel back in my mind
I can only think about that patch of rust
A combination of oxygen and water
Which coupled and compromised 
The sturdiness of that fence

And I think about how children’s laughter faded
In synch with that growing blister of orangey-red
And the games that stopped all too suddenly
And the lives that could not go on in that place
On some forgotten plot of dirt
Where an old fence pole dies slowly
And the chain links do too
Still encasing that forgotten playground

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