The House on Fourth

It was blue then, now beige
and, many colors in between:
carmine, white and then to green.

It has a fresh steel door,
yellow pastel, and a black
Silverado in the drive.

I’ve seen other doors there,
other trucks, a sedan or two,
and a coupe intervening since then.

I suppose the rooms inside
have seen many shades – perhaps pink –
many coats to clear the stains.

Everything’s changed save the number.

Everything’s changed since the shots,
ever since the blue and red screaming lights,
the long yellow tapes – the unhurried heads

Hung low in mumbles, and the passage
of three long slow transports – yes –
ever since the children.

image: JR Korpa on Unsplash

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