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Early September 2005

by Maureen Glaude

two small boys on
a Sunday afternoon in Ottawa
jump into mud puddles
to splash one another
and themselves
as their parents watch
from a safe distance.

The entire family laughs
at the messy play.

My eyes are seeing
children in New Orleans
submerged, and
survivors facing filth.

09/06/2005

Posted on 09/06/2005
Copyright © 2021 Maureen Glaude

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 09/07/05 at 02:37 AM

Wonderful dichotomy and juxtaposition at work here Maureen. Adds new meaning to the expression "in a nutshell." And what a bitter nut to swallow.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 09/09/05 at 12:31 PM

Pathos, stark contrast, emphasizes the tragedy in New Orleans.

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