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Life Arts    H4'ed 7/21/20

Homeward from visiting family

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Driving home to Vermont from Virginia
what am I thinking?
I am thinking I will see men without masks
whenever we stop for a break along 81 and 78

I am thinking
Virginia is a pretty state
pretty conservative
with lots of birds singing where we were

I am thinking
swimming in the river with family was fun
I tubed over to a limestone rock
with two identical holes shaped like artillery bullets
sculpted into the rock by the river
in which schools of tiny fish
would sometimes appear

I am thinking
good thing we aren't on the road much longer
because I was losing my patience with the men
who aren't wearing masks
(I even took out my annoyance on one
who was entering the men's room
I said blah, blah, blah, blah, blah!
he said, "Huh?")

I am remembering some things we passed
(earlier while I was driving and thinking)
that stick in my mind's eye

A neat ranch-style house surrounded by corn

A cement silo with trees growing out the top

Round bales in a sloping field

Miles of brown branches over the guardrail and brown grass
from spraying

A field with cows grazing around
50-year-old pines randomly spaced
holding moisture and shadows
left over from the night
obviously happy
and not in the least affected
by my or anyone else's
troubled thoughts

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Gary Lindorff is a poet, writer, blogger and author of several nonfiction books, a collection of poetry, "Children to the Mountain" and a memoir, "Finding Myself in Time: Facing the Music" Over the last few years he has begun calling (more...)

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