Sunday, July 03, 2005

earth note 5

butler county, pennsylvania

backhoe corridors
through pine and poplar forests
like a knife
laying galvanized and plastic drainpipes
concrete and asphalt scar tissue
a superhighway network of broken promises
misdevelopment and executive boxes
little boxes made out of ticky-tac
malvina reynolds sang
gates and stale gray fences
opulence on-sale

down the highway a strip-mall sneaks up
next year a bigger-mall
maybe a super-mall
gorging previously living hillsides
perfect waters misdirected
clearcut twisted sunrise
we left you starvation
cars trucks
the gun
     run whitetail

--- e b bortz

(published in earth notes and other poems, Least Bittern Books, 2015)

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