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The jobs I’d rather do

crowd first in line

to steal my mind away


from the more mundane

and routine responsibilities

to climb inside the Cat


skid steer, feel its hydraulic

strength pump to load

a ton or more or move


a five-ton stump

closer to the coals—

clean-up the tangled mess


Edison left to cover

their derrières

beneath the wires.


Seven-day burn,

4-foot thick eucalyptus,

I scoured the pasture


for fallen-limb kindling

to keep the flame

alive inside me.