Unwanted Tomorrow

Traffic lights count down
to car horns complaining
over the smallest delay.

Miles of rope protect
the greenness of the park’s grass
from leaving on skinned knees.

Fountains are emptied
of water,
of pennies,
of hopes,
of delight.

The children are in a darkened museum,
next to extinct birds and mammals,
tapping unresponsive touch screens.

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