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LEGACY

 

 

Without honor,
without truth,

without charity
or compassion,

all is consumptive
dumbshow.

We have grown fat
on the numbers since

we lost our taste
for words that matter.

Like waiting for a rain
to settle dust

and bring verdancy,
the storms will come

to cleanse this earth
and thunder verily.

 

LEGACY

 

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1.
Never a straight line, we bend
with the channel of the creek
with or without water, jobs

shouting at every turn, begging
for attention. I love it now,
seasoned and with purpose,

place after place to pour my soul,
to get it right. Chances are
my fence repairs will outlast me,

gates will swing, troughs hold water
out of respect for the ground—
for the cattle and those around me.

2.
Never a straight line, cows cut trails
on perfect grades, leave soft dust
to plod tomorrow without thinking,

make beds in shade for generations
they will never know. In the end
it becomes our nature to make

living easier on the uneven,
on the unpredictable and the harsh
that will eventually absorb us.

Chances are, no one will notice,
no applause for our best effort—
only the knowing a job well done.

 

 

WPC(2) — “Doors”

 

SANITARY ENGINEERS

 

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Gathering deacons
waiting between casualties
dream of misfortune.

 

 

WPC(2)–“Forces of Nature”

 

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.