Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Omaha, Nebraska, in Collective Memory

Omaha, Nebraska, in Collective Memory
(A crayon sketch by Red Shuttleworth)


Omaha, Nebraska, in Collective Memory

The old stockyard corrals: splinters,
mint-flavored toothpicks, saloon sawdust.
Johnny Ringo passed through pensive-crazy.

I passed as well, once hilarious in a black
hillbilly rhinestone tuxedo jacket:
daft-'n-drunk on fantasies of poetry money.

Omaha opportunity: you could go into Bishop's 
Business Equipment, buy a reconditioned Hermes
3000 Typewriter, poems embedded, fifty bucks.

You could drive west on Dodge, find a way
to Wahoo, further west and south to Fairbury.
You could cuss-vow to stay pistol-steel young. 

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