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RAILROAD TOWNS

 

A fluttering of other lives
busy nesting out of reach—
dry thatches stashed on beams

under eaves like apartments
with squabbling, feathers floating,
on and on—as we lumber

beneath them, intertwined.
Crows claim the tops
of power poles on 65

through rolling hills of oats,
stacks of sticks close to roadkill—
adapting quickly to our urgencies,

to these forgotten outposts
of railroad towns
growing closer together.

 

WITH EASE

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                                        Old violence is not too old to beget new values.
                                                            – Robinson Jeffers (“The Bloody Sire”)

With ease, we have evolved to softer versions
of ourselves—no longer lean, Dust Bowl men
in coveralls waiting for work and a weather change,

sinew no longer strained to stretch the harvest
of endless furrows. Within earshot of lamenting
old men leaning on fences, I was part of a future

doomed with easy-living, and so I have been
by comparison, yet with little time for visiting
face-to-face, eye-to-eye. We have become immune

to the violence next door, alive in cyberspace, and
deaf to war—the clash of sword-on-shield or bigger
better guns barking how to cull the herd—with ease,

we have evolved to envy dumb animals and birds
in touch with the sky, yearning for ignorance
and bliss. And all the old values now lost to youth.