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Backwoods

Scuttling forth

each quarter moon

from the darkest depths

of our once-proud heritage;

that coal-choked, aching abyss


Them we dare not name

skitter among Blue Ridge pines

with arachnid grace of too-long limbs and candyblood grins and sightless jellybean eyes

Pale, grasping maggot-fingers

wriggle under stuck-open windows

grub and fumble

with our trailer's

doorhandle


One of them giggles my name

in a slowed-down record voice

doing its best impression

of my baby sister Maisel

who got took not two weeks ago


Daddy hears it too, reaches

shaky-handed

for his whiskey

keeps his double-barrel leveled at the trailer door


I mumble a little prayer:

please, God -

let us just

make it

til


Sunrise


It's good to see

everyone in the light of day

even with them we dare not name chattering

just beyond the treeline




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