Puddles

Puddles lay like obstacles
along the river's edge
Their clear water reflecting
dark translucent clouds
twisting and turning
until their image became
a frail old woman
lying in a hospital bed never moving
just lying there in a puddle confused
as the dark translucent clouds
swirled like vague memories
I wondered if these puddles
could know the pain that each
translucent cloud must endure
And at that moment it began to rain
changing the clear water
into muddy confusion...

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