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I was born in a red brick hospital
when doctors still came to the house
and nurses were nice older ladies of 35.
The town was small but large
enough for us to play together
while our parents had coffee
without worrying who had invited whom.
Good things, happy things went on then.
The proud men worked the plants
while our mothers made our homes
and no one said either was the lesser.
I grew up in this believing the life was endless.
Then the town got big and the people shrank.
Concerns became fears and fears reality.
Today I saw a bulldozer destroy the old hospital.
It was many years too late to do any damage.
Shiv Pratap Pal
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