Procession of Taillights as I Neared Bentonville

I drove the Ozarks
along the old Telegraph Road.

The telegraph poles
were replaced by telephone poles.

I am not sure of the difference
but there must be one.

It’s path was laid over the path
Native Americans used to take.

They followed the buffalo
who made the original path.

I followed the route south
by Curtis’s troops during the Civil War.

I wished to see
if the land repaired itself

after two long days
of so much dismemberment

at the hands of men
wielding black powder weapons.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney

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