|The 2River View||28.1 (Fall 2023)|
orchards and farms,
Before the lake was drained
That feat of engineering!
And the farms dried up
and most of the people moved on.
That is the way of things,
a momentary boom
and most of the people moving on—
tumbleweeds snagged in a fence
against the strands of barbed wire.
The twisting dark
a vacancy left
pick-axed and shoveled,
and smelted into ingots—
Here, the dark seam—
as if the ore
and the men
who worked the seam
As if this silencehad always been.
|Tim Hunt is the author of, among others, Voice to Voice in the Dark (Broadstone Books) and Ticket Stubs & Liner Notes (winner of the 2018 Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award). Originally from northern California, he and his wife Susan live in Normal, Illinois. (website)|
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