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Polly's Bench

It hides in the shade, as the leaves dwindle down.
The paint may be fading, but the seat is quite sound.

Some will sit in the shade, forgetting the tears,
without giving much notice, or to think of the years,
or to ponder the pain, that once rained on our world.

There was a black, tragic day, that cruelly erased
an innocent child, with a sweet, gentle face.

                   Traces of heartache still linger in place.
I rest for awhile, as I sit in the shade, 
while a breath-holding sigh returns once again, 
         Clouds cover the sunlight, that wants to pour in.

Something swept through the heart, of this small coastal town,
and still touches me deeply, in a personal way.
I watch from the playground, of this small charter school,
where my granddaughter plays in the cool, ocean dew.

I remember again, with a soft whispered prayer,
for the children who play here, perhaps some who will weep here.
To keep them in comfort, and in safe loving arms.
To keep every childhood from evil and harm.

Carved in the bench is a name of a child
A twelve year old girl, who attended this school.
It's the same little school, where my granddaughter plays
and learns daily lessons, every child needs to know.

So we sit in shade, on this sage colored bench,
then she goes to her class, where she basks in the love.
She has asked all the questions that shouldn't be asked
and spends all her days at the task of a child...
With smiles for her teachers, just as Polly had smiled
She runs through green grass, where Polly had been...

This is the school, where my granddaughter goes
She brought me to see, where a new garden grows, 
and showed me a bench that sits under trees

....and together we share, of what a child shouldn't know

I sit with her now, with the robins and finches...

We trace Polly's name, then our fingers embrace,
       in the shade of the trees... 
                                          ....on a sage colored bench

A true story....
     To see Polly's Story...

Was earlier submitted in the Contest: "Anything Goes"
But a story I felt I needed to tell........sad, but granddaughter 
attended the same school  where Polly had earlier been a student.
A bench was dedicated in the name of Polly Klaas  in remembrance of that terrible event 

3/23/13  For Nette's contest "Take Two", by Carrie Richards

Copyright © Carrie Richards

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  1. Date: 4/11/2014 5:08:00 AM
    a poignant, beautiful piece here, carrie, and nice to see it as a winner the second time around! yes, these contests are all so subjective, what one judge likes another won' should pluck up courage to sponsor a contest, it's good fun! :)

  1. Date: 4/10/2014 8:28:00 PM
    Hi Carrie, what a wonderful write, congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 3/23/2013 5:48:00 PM
    l have enjoyed reading this lovely poem!