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    Places Of Affection

    by David Knape
    There are places we once held dear
    places of our fondest affection
    where we learned to play in childhood
    to imagine, to become who were to be
    now gone, vanished before our very eyes
    and we cannot find them anymore
    because we don't even recognize them
    they have been knocked down, bulldozed, paved over
    rebuilt in urban sprawl, urban development
    urban sameness
    what was known and cherished
    torn down to make way for progress
    only we did not progress
    but simply slid deeper into
    uniformity
    conformity
    our individuality franchised
    our small towns bypassed
    our mom & pops eliminated
    our streets widened
    our fences raised
    our neighborhoods destroyed
    these places gone forever
    along with our favorite memories
    stolen from us by unknown thieves
    who do not care that they have hijacked our history
    obliterated our heritage
    by paving over our woods, our farms, our playgrounds
    turning our special places
    into developments, subdivisions, shopping malls
    leaving us only asphalt and cold steel
    our originality substituted with the artificial
    our country now a land of blandness and artificial turf
    where finally the only remaining patches of green
    will be the grass on our sad forgotten graves
    and there will be no one left to remember
    these places as they were
    so deeply held in our hearts
    once
    our places of affection.


    © d.knape

    June 1, 2013
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