The Slough Is Dry by Grant Guy

The five year drought owned his life
The drought is an old as Jesus

The slough is dry
The cattle are dying
The sheep are sold and slaughtered
His son wants to leave ranching
His daughter is moving to Chicago
The wife sleeps in a separate bedroom

One shot gun shell left
There is work in the oil patch

Take your pick

Grant Guy is a Winnipeg, Canada, poet, writer and playwright. His poems and short stories have been published in Canada and Internationally. He has three books published: Open Fragments (Lives of Dogs), On the Bright Side of Down and Bus Stop Bus Stop (Red Dashboard). His plays include an adaptation of Paradise Lost and the Grand Inquisitor. He was the 2004 recipient of the Manitoba Arts Council’s 2004 Award of Distinction and the 2017 recipient of the Winnipeg Arts Council’s Making A Difference Award.

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