Friday, 28 October 2011

Fountains for Youth


It's quiet now.


 It doesn't look like much, but in the summertime this fountain gushes a steady stream of cold water from two gargoyle spigots.

In this forest plaza, tired joggers wearily approach this aqua temple to dunk their heads; fathers hoist their children up so they can lap up the refreshing droplets; once a dog jumped in, much to the chagrin of his flustered minder, but dogs get hot too; in the far basin, a red balloon floated delicately on top of the water's surface for two days, being pushed around by the current of falling water and tiny hands.

It's a meeting point for mothers with strollers and toddlers with trucks.

Leaves now collect in the empty stone reservoirs.

We wait for spring.

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