Guernsey Ruts by Jocelyn Moore



I trudge beside my few belongings,

cast-iron pots, china, clothing,

tucked in my wheeled home,

straining oxen yoked as one.

Wet, cold, hungry, determined as

sedge grasses cut my cotton skirt and

seeds fill damp, thin leather shoes,

not made for a thousand mile march.

Sun-warmed sandstone beckons and threatens.

Metal encircled wheels carve the grey-pink surface,

paring my heart while those buried in the path sleep

in graves trampled deep to keep out wolves.

Dakota, Wyoming, Idaho to Oregon,

my home lurches, wobbles, bounces,

pitches riders off the seat,

sloshes water in oak barrels.

The four beasts stagger down the ruts

and lean toward their new home.

We descend to a green river bottom

and carve immortality on the cliff face.






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