Camp

The day begins early
the bags all collect
as here in real life
we are left to reflect

that kids go to camp
and then off to college
in a thirsty pursuit
of some kind of knowledge

while their parents stay home
mourning the crime
of the days that are stealing
the passage of time

(on the floor there were pillows
backpacks in bunches
clean water bottles
overstuffed lunches

now there is nothing
but carpet and dust
and a cynical prayer
“In the driver we trust”).

 

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