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The Day It Shut Down | Piérre Ramon Thomas | Poetry & Prose

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I’m surprised you didn’t hear about it,
And there were no articles printed in newspapers or magazines.
I honestly thought the town would be ringing,
With news of its closing.

The doors slammed shut
Wait…yes! I remember the date.
It was August the 6th, 2012.
Mark the date on your calendars,
For a memorial must be given,
It deserves, at least, that much.
The whirring of the machines faded and died,
The drapes were extended,
The electricity was cut off,
And all the factory workers were laid off and sent home.

The mourners of the town stood nearby,
Wailing at its misfortune—
I joined them.
The mourners of town lifted up their voices,
And all the townspeople heard.

As I watched all of this, I learned something:
If another is shut down,
I must stop,
Take notice,
And sympathize.
For if too many are shut down,
The world would lose its luminance.

However, there is hope,
For the building is not closed permanently.

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