Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, DEATH AT WORK, by JAMES GALVIN

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First Line: A chevy engine hangs by a chain
Last Line: With everyone afraid and trying not to be
Subject(s): Death; Labor & Laborers; Dead, The; Work; Workers

A Chevy engine hangs by a chain
From a limb of the spreading ponderosa.

The toolshed smells of stale blood
And is padlocked.

Trying not to be afraid explains everything.

A riding boot slit down both seams
Lolls behind the open door.

The rising sun peeks under cloud cover
As if for purposes of identification
And then disappears for the day.

Hush now,
I promise not to tell any stories
With everyone afraid and trying not to be.

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98368-0271, www.cc.press.org

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