Behind new fences pink azaleas pitched,
Dinosaurs loom in life-size concrete casts,

Bird-like, stag-like, reptilian, fishy –
Beasts lie and bask under a lead grey light.

Geese honk with the breaking voices of youth
And crisp white swans set sail across the lake.

One monster nuzzles a rotting tree trunk,
Always locked in this immovable waltz.

While children swarm, feeding fish sandwich crusts
And trains rattle past every quarter past,

A cormorant spreads its black scything wings,
Marooned in primordial amusement.

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