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YMCA Annex

Mounted on one wall 
a board wrapped 
in brown paper. 
A signal of 
impermanence for children. 
Painted were a rainbow 
and a hundred tiny hands 
in the colors of poster paint
all spread palm up, 
receptive, uninformed. 
As I heard the 
echos of soprano voices
I felt the fantasy of tiny fingers 
brushing my 
sophisticated face. 
Smiling all around, 
the people brought 
the smiles in. 
They were not 
manufactured there, 
but heated in the lives 
that came there, 
retaining their warmth 
through the hours,
saying hello and hello 
and welcome everyone.

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