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Poem: Wreckage and More Wreckage By Don Kingfisher Campbell

08/01/2012 08:48PM ● Published by Denise Brown

WRECKAGE

for an adventure

we drive 12 miles off road

in a desert

75 miles from L.A.

a local’s playful brown dog

finds us

follows the car

to a lonely compound

of abandoned vehicles  

rusted fuel tanks

with an attached porch

takes in sun

wind through glassless windows

glasses still in open cupboards

a white Buddha statue on the stove

curled vacation photos lie on tile

negatives in the opened bedroom closet

 and a folded torn out of a notebook

letter on the floor

dated Febuary 16, 1993

neatly littered

with spelling mistakes

strewn amidst

insurance forms

breaks up with

an abusive husband

of thirteen years

the last six months here

“I hope we can be friend’s someday….

Love alway’s, Jo Jo”

 

MORE WRECKAGE

 

in the school bus

converted to a “house bus”

on the same

desert compound

faded paper Christmas ornaments

from Akrons

in a taken out

dresser drawer

unhip jackets still hang

in an open closet

black D batteries left

in an opened nightstand drawer

two dusty Los Angeles maps

on the dinette

below that table

a drawing by J. Perry

on lined notebook paper

dated May 3, 1993

of gold and brown rolling hills

with line birds flying over

marker blue haze

a setting orange and yellow sun

with birds for eyes

and mouth

and a copied page 30

completed on

Equal Fractions and Reducing

How many pieces in the pie

Culture, In Print joshua tree writers edition poem don kingfisher campbell
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