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The Window of Time

Story ID:10961
Written by:Richard Laurent. Provencher (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Poem
Location:Truro Nova Scotia Canada
Person:Richard L. Provencher
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The Window of Time

Many years ago being brave
meant arms outstretched, kids flailing
for balance as acrobats on
the huge pipeline bringing tailings
from the Noranda Copper Mine

impurities steered away from
civilized society and hauled
far into the woods behind
our town, hidden by clumps of hills

yet leaking as pigeon droppings,
that tinge of unsightly brown
crust where one misstep meant
plunging into mysterious gluck

where a young body may dissolve
from chemicals and ascend to
heaven sooner than parents
believed to be humanly possible.

2016 Richard L. Provencher