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Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:01 am

playground poem # 3

 this is my soapbox we’ve had
recently a week of school hols
again the schoolyard next door
has been locked up nine days in
a row older kids scale my fence
use the basketball hoop younger
kids zilch but a few days ago
some young ones got in rather
all did but a chubby ten year old
she had real trouble getting over
my chain links her brother and
others were using the swings etc
while she frenzied ran back and
forth along my fence she reminded
me of a neighbor’s pig back home
in a frantic lather running along
a fence trying to get back in with
his kin this girl wasn’t that fat but
in danger as she repeatedly tried
the barrier I took her out a stool
tell me are all 186 schoolyards
closed to kids why not public and
will I be liable if a child gets hurt
entering the playground via my
premises whether I know or not

© 2017 Jacqueline Jackson

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