The Seasoned Land

The Seasoned Land
By David LaBounty
a summertime weekend.
northern Michigan.
the towns and countryside seasoned
with septic tanks and deer
with churches and clean living
with young and old
either drunk or high
from too much boredom or pain
we stop at a Wal-Mart
in a resort town full
or urban refugees
and local varicose veins
along with
rows of camouflage
and wonder bread
and we breathe it all in
and can’t help but
admire the simple
northern life with it’s
acres of pine trees
and it’s starry, starry skies
touching and blurring
the lines of poverty
and horizon.

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