The Protesters were Gone

The protesters were gone
leaving the streets quickly
when the tanks showed up
with soldiers trailing behind
feeling nervous, not invincible
in their hurry to clear the streets
to make room for the army
people dropped placards 
their demands answered by armed men
later when the tanks passed through
orange suited prisoners, with brooms and buckets
making  50 cents per hour
swept listlessly, restoring the street
but their brooms missed the ideas

that demonstrators brought and left behind

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