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.            Inspired by the photo “Badly Parked” by Paul Michael Jackson

 

Years rust like dreams.

 

The chrome has yielded to the air

and holes are where the lights

once lit the dark path.

 

The shell once new

and full of laughter;

children bouncing on spring seats,

mum in her Christian Dior copy,

dad’s cigarette smoke

filling the cabin.

 

All the trips;

to the grandparents,

the beach,

camping,

mum going shopping,

dad playing golf.

 

Now it rests on the edge,

creaking its last days

guarded by gums.

 


Published in Rabbit Poetry Journal, Issue 3, March 2012

 

Image “Badly Parked” ©2005 Paul Michael Jackson