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Dogs 2017

AN EMPTY LOT
(7/12/17)

there once
was a power plant
here

five dozen
people
gainfully employed
generating electricity

but economical
concerns created
by environmental
constraints
overcame
the facility's
usefulness

the units
were retired

along
with many
of the employees

others
were scattered
near and far
to other facilities

other companies

other industries

the structures
were dismantled

remediation plans
implemented

now the land
looks very similar
to the surrounding
tracts

as if people
never labored
here
around the clock

developed
careers

cultured
relationships

the birds

animals

passing children
will never know
the difference

but we'll
remember
the smoke
of technology
long after
our lungs
have cleared