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Sunday, 17 February 2013

Slow Progress Ahead by Phillip Barron

As if allowing
lovers to love
could be apostasy
bulbous ants
busy themselves
marring marriage
amendment posters
and posting
disinhibited remarks.

Orange-vested vanguards
with stimulus funds
blast apart at the seams,
divide and conquer the Old
North State’s elderly
mountains, pull poplars
down blue ridges, drag
the stumps and stems
that know no suffering
through galax and wedding bells.

The ants crawl past pavers
grading clay, survey
the four corners
of the constitution’s new parking
lot, staunch the bleeding
with asphalt
and burn it all and hope
the view is lovely in the fall.