prairie rehab in all caps

the small brown sign on the side of the highway
that reads prairie rehab in all caps
between milemarker 188 and 189
_______
ghost skins the person on the podcast says
referring to kkk members entering the police force
to take their mission
into their own hands
on the job
_______
the hoo hot heeat hot sounds
a human is bound to make
as they explore barefoot
on the curved and flat rock surfaces
of the shut-ins
at the st. francis river
_______
the poison ivy dance
that first begins as a quiet arm movement
the person in front alerting the person behind them
to the poison ivy along the way
and then, it progresses into a
scatting shoo be de bop
plus dance
as we head up and out towards the parking lot
_______
the des ark song playing
(one of the live ones, a slower sadder one)
while the sun dog glows in parenthases
on either side of the bright light
_______
someday you will ache like i ache honna and i sing along
to the high school anthem song
while the mimosa blooms gather
the sunsetty golden light
in their hot pink sprigs

 

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