The Meadow 2014 Literary and Art Journal - page 10

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Meadow
by Jesse DeLong
[Driving past the slag piles, covered in pollen. Shadows of clouds spotting
the mounds]
If ever entered a mine shaft must be seen out to its conclusion the
light at its end expected a sort of relief not that it’s there but that
we might start dealing with it
\
Last Wednesday we invited over for a
barbecue the only three friends of mine you could utter a syllable towards
\
In the middle of folding onions into meat you or maybe it
was
me
said something only meant to be tested inside the beetle-&-bat-burrows
of the brain Gritty as they are Everything spoils once confronted with
air It was not finished when the first guests arrived
\
Hello how are
you We’re fine thanks
The burgers are already on
Step outside in the
shade
So much of our lives are lived out like a sitcom The one where
she placed my cloth sack two books & a toothbrush by the door
\
A symbol By the door
\
Even before that a year before I was at the
grocery store near the register eating some M&M’s
Late at
night A woman clearly furious walked in with her husband Bless
her someone bless her She refused to hide her rage Not uttering
a word she bought a small sack of smoked almonds with food stamps
Her husband hustled behind her desperate looking dandruff on
his shoulders wearing a Hamburgler shirt He wheelbarrowed his
worries on me
You know
kings never used to live like me
I live
better than kings did centuries ago
His wife frictioned her shoes on the
tile refusing to look at him
Not even Kings had the things I have
the
vibration of his voice more honest than I’d ever be was directed at the
reaction on my face one his wife might catch
\
She cracked an almond
in her jaw Or the day before our guests arrived when you told me
something you felt necessary and in the middle of your speech I said
yes yes I understand
though I still had to sit & listen to an end
you couldn’t stop chasing.
from
Fieldguide to the Southeastern
Idaho Phosphate District
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