No more children here…

The trash was obvious as stroller and crib and

bassinet were piled for the world to see, and it was

obvious some cleaning had made room where

there wasn’t for some time – the kind of room

no one sees until it’s too late to pause and enjoy;

it was all well worn and stained and disassembled

without much care because all of it was well worn

and beyond use by even the most desperate family

with age and use by child after child after child

this all was new too long ago to remember or care;

of course some stopped to discover a treasure

but there was nothing acquired after several days

and the only thing new to appear was a sign

posted in a unusable crib reading, Careful, none

of this is safe to use any longer – it’s trash because

there are no more children here… sorry to say.

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