we were driving to see a covered bridge
in Moscow, Indiana, a rural configuration
that can barely be called a town.
it’s hot and humid, salty drops
on our foreheads, so we’re slurping
down sweet tea made with filtered
water, just as we take in
the fields and the big sky,
unmarred by hills or mountains,
textured by the low soybean fields
and the tall corn, the gold inside,
brandishing our cameras, so it’s obvious
we aren’t locals, a California infusion
to the local economy, because long ago
my parents substituted that home
for this one, when it occurs to me
that these farmers do not just eke
out a living, that life is all around.
sure, there was the wooden house,
abandoned, imploding in geologic time,
the bricks of the chimney the only
straight lines to be seen, but that
was the exception rather than the rule,
when my uncle brings the car
to a stop, and we’re at the bridge.
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This poem was written in response to Wordle 4 at a wordling whirl of Sundays. Thanks again to Brenda for hosting this wonderful site.