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Two poems by Walter Bargen article



Down-to-the-Last-Drop Arroyo



Scarred red dune buggy bounces down the wash.

Wide ribbon of corrugated tracks

Tied to the extinction of a fading engine.

Two cherry-helmeted passengers

So lonely here they scream to be heard.


Tall river of a quarter horse ripples past.

Hooves splash sand.

Brown cowboy-hatted rider shouts

At the kids with BB guns not to shoot

Until she’s past.  The boys turn away

Tired of firing at flocks of cans.


Hunched over in yesterday,

Husband and wife stroll along

With another evening to resolve. 

Their daughter and three dogs

Race between boulder-rubbled banks. 

He kicks an upright tire half-submerged

In the dry bedฤone of a school 

Of black-streaked diving desert dolphins.



It’s the start of a long list deposited

For the dry season: broken bricks,

Dented barrels, warped boards,

Ant-infested mattresses, rolls

Of bent chicken wire, a rusted out car,

All waiting to head south

On this avenue of deserted pleasures. 










  Final Page


          ---for Peter Noce


Swallowing barbed wire is the way

cedar trunks cross fences.

He does the same.


Today trees gallop between

the pasture’s creosoted posts.

He did the same in bed his last night.


Cottonwoods ride wind’s panicked horse

into the next county.

One foot in a windy stirrup,


the other rooted in earth

he rides into the next country,

before any of us know it.  


Last year’s leaves cling

to scrub oaks beside the house.

A dry rattling dance.



He accepts the invitation

and the warning about the music:

It’s the wind that kicks up its heels.


Pinyon and juniper sashay

over brown fields,

scared this way and that


by this and that, cowering in the lee

of every rock and fencepost.  It’s not

the whipped winter grass, but his unexpected


return. The house shutters after 

another deep breath moans,

rolls over, show its belly.


A hundred books stacked on shelves

beside the closed window,

one page flutters, the one he’s still reading.


Walter Bargen has published eighteen books of poetry.  His most recent books are: Days Like This Are Necessary: New & Selected Poems (2009), Endearing Ruins (2012), Trouble Behind Glass Doors (2013),Quixotic (2014), and Gone West (2014).  He was appointed the first poet laureate of Missouri (2008-2009).  He was awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship (1991), the Hanks Prize (1996), The William Rockhill Nelson Award (2005), and more. His poems, essays, and stories have appeared in over 100 magazines.







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