REVIEW AMERICANA

 

Spring 2012

Volume 7, Issue 1

http://www.americanpopularculture.com/review_americana/spring_2012/carroll.htm




PETER NEIL CARROLL

 

Horse Creek, 1846

 

Laughing Lakota girls and boys
splash in the cool waters,
scream with delight.

A nearly naked man holds
a white horse by a loose cord,
fixes his gaze on the procession
of canvas-covered wagons,
slow and heavy
crossing the shallow creek.

The wheels cut into dry prairie
grass, severing the roots. As far
as the horizon, he sees the wound
harden into a wide brown trail.

 

 


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