Virtual School

The children aren’t there.
It’s the Fourth of July
and no one has turned off
the tape of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Who needs the children?

Years from now
when grass has
overgrown the playground
and torn open cracks
in these too-solid walls

Will our star-afflicted rag
still float in bloody tatters

over a mechanism run to silence
where, I like to think
there will still be crows?

[Forrest Curo
July 4, 2012]

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