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Vacant lot

By Dionis Coffin Riggs / September 29, 1983

Ankara, Turkey

Houses have eyes. From my window I can see life in the vacant lot across the street.

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Peasant women in bright clothes free their donkeys and let them eat weeds that stand above the snow. The women build a fire to warm their hands.

Students cut across the lot, their neat black coats setting off black hair and eyes and mustaches.

Last summer this lot held a house and garden with a fountain and a rose blooming. I could see, then, only one old man, reading behind a high fence. The city grows.

I will not mourn the old days. As one era passes, another is born.