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In the Shadow of the Duke



The rural bus dropped me
at the crossroads's stop.
Here,I stand balanced on tire ridges
formed by tractor wheels in once Spring mud.
Watching dust devils signals trail a pick-up truck
on these sered, sinew hardened roads
I read smoke and make signs
waking childhood memories:
Re-rumbling dark sounds from above:
Clouds of Cattle lowing,
Rain will blind our the way
Who will lead us to the straw
And fill us full of hay?
We race unsaddled
down the irrigation ditch
following John Wayne.
Yelling, Hi Yah Hi Yah
In the shadow of the Duke.
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Submitted on May 01, 2011

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