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The School Yard. By Lacey Johnson. It starts in stillness and ends in silence Bare and purposeless for those quiet hours The moments in between All the life that it holds But for that short time it breathes. A bell rings; it comes to life with the pound of running feet

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The school yard

The School Yard

By Lacey Johnson


The school yard

It starts in stillness and ends in silence

Bare and purposeless for those quiet hours

The moments in between

All the life that it holds

But for that short time it breathes


The school yard

A bell rings; it comes to life with the pound of running feet

Sharp bursts of laughter, shouts and hellos

New sounds emerge

And blend confusingly

In a strange cacophony of sound


The school yard

The soft whip of a circling tetherball string

And the ring of a bounced rubber ball

And the snap as a

Jump rope smacks

Rhythmically on the pavement


The school yard

Now and then pleasant sounds are interrupted

Halting laughter with cries of distress

The thud of falling bodies

The raw sting of skinned knees

Rough pebbles embedded into the skin

Playground monitors with tired eyes intervene

Offering comfort in the form of band-aids

A tissue to dry tears

A pat on the back

And harmony is restored once again


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The smell of plastic in the sun

And the aroma of grassy fields

Mingle with dirt,

With blood and sweat

Fusing in a scent unique and free


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Bright shirts and jean shorts blur together

Zipping down slides and climbing on bars

And tennis shoes run

Across faded yellow lines

Painted long ago on the asphalt


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The bell rings again and it is silent once more

The only sounds the ghostly echoes

Of laughter and tears

And the creak of a

Swing swaying slowly in the wind


The school yard

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