Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nature's Design

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Nature's Design

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at the top of the train trestle on purple night evenings

we brought food and drink and smoke

but left ourselves on the side of the tracks

with no weeds growing through the leaves and dirt

and you tightly held my hand when i climbed inside,

practically miss-stepping and falling forward

to get there, we had to follow the ripe wood of the tracks,

inching along the ripped dandelions dead in dirt,

and when the day broke into evening

our steps quickened but we continued to move forward:

summer bugs battling through smoke

searching for solace somewhere inside

calming down, you breathed in marlboro smoke

just as i, under the same breath, sucked in the evening

and i lay my head into the soft compress of dirt

listening into the conversations of worms living inside,

shifting from side to side, finally facing forward

towards the scary crooked part of the tracks

i parted open my mouth, allowing the gooey insides

of pepperoni rolls to disappear from the evening

but the smell lingered and a single doe huffed forward

searching for a smell that got lost in her tracks

so she turned around, imprint in the dirt

and my imprint, a relaxed puff of smoke

we dangled our legs forward,

my mindset matched the notches in the tracks

i drew a fat heart in the black dirt

quickly erased it with a breath of something smoky

it was no longer sunset, just plain dark evening

and i couldn't reach what was inside

we packed up to leave, cigarette butts etched in the dirt

a slow burning ember signal left near the tracks

our bodies twisted into two clouds of smoke

heat mosquitoes buzzing from the inside

a Styrofoam cup lopsided, faced forward

the litter of what was left of the evening

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