Glorious Land by JD DeHart

We took that ambling journey
not in a wagon but in our car
past the shining waters and
into the deep wooded hills, the
beauty and the quote unquote
majesty, and all that fine until
we noticed all the posted signs,
marks of buckshot, and the lone
dog scrambling along, starving,
its ribs visible in a way that only
the nightly news had shown us,
refusing even the kindest offering
(all we had to give it were stale
potato chips and soda), too afraid
to come near so that it could
grab a bite and extend its life
one moment.

jd dehart
JD DeHart is a writer and teacher. His chapbook, The Truth About Snails, is available on Red Dashboard.

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