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Beats In Kansas: The Beat Generation in the Heartland


by Roxie Powell, 1978

In summer we set out for Colorado
wheat stubble burns
Russian thistle banks
the road
hot tires smell after
a bit of rain
a windmill squeeks in the wind,

a Vesper sparrow strokes its wings
then sinks behind a rise,

few telephone poles
thirty miles without a fence
then fierce Highway 10
a sea drift across a peculiar plain
each swell for eighty miles
topped by a cattle guard,

"Look Mom, the mountains,"
she takes my hand

we drive into Colorado a kleenex
swirling in the cab.

© 1978 Roxie G. Powell; Page © 2012 George Laughead
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