Flood-Scarred Early Summer
A 19th century nickel-plated pistol
might be worth more than a volunteer
flood lake over a section of winter wheat.
A sinewy woman in a Liberty County,
Montana, grocery store, asks if she
might put milk and cornflakes on the tab.
New Mexico burns... Montana backstrokes
swollen rivers. An old rancher folds
a newspaper, hides the weather report.
Over a hundred cow-calf pairs
sold to make it through, a rancher
drags a recliner into an empty corral.
A drifter buys a black bread sandwich,
roast beef on wilted lettuce, in Rudyard,
saddle blankets dirt-cheap at a lawn sale.