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Paleontology

by John Dutterer

[ poetry - november 11 ]

Departure:
City mutilated
by canals
canals such
autumnal snapshots
of sepia years
Years adding
absences to
strands of households
turning white
with surprise

Through:
Hills with
full beards
of forestation
flaunting invincible
leafage where
light
is imprisoned
Hills lapping up
polka-dot rainfall
with gusto

Toward:
April flickering
on weary
retinas
glandular love
for these roads
merciful the exit
we are eating
the well-worn air
we are going
home.