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Useful And Fantastic: The Past Alive

Val Yule brings a poem which reminds us of the temporary nature of human existence.

Where stands the road and man
Stood once the plain and tree
A flowing river ran
Where now the cars fast flee
down that vast drain.

Each lampost was a branch
that hung with flowers and fruit
The fountain was alive
A lookout, not a water chute.
The tenements and lodging houses were
A place of habitat for fauna fur.

The clouds still look alive,
The man has breath
There's air - it is not yet
A place of death
It does not illustrate
the future world in space
which may be more, or less,
than here, or then.

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