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Old Man by the Highway

oldman_s“I am still here, while the day goes up and down.
Spare as the moon up there, I walk to town.
The barns are gone, the woods, the yellow deer,
The roaring church is gone, but I am here.

“Today the sun was walking in the rain,
As if the rain were words; I am the same;
I went along through plowing and despair,
And now I go through weeds and deadened air.

“I am still here, while the day goes up and down.
Spare as the moon up there, I walk to town.
My son is gone, the flooding of the year
With wheat and hope is gone, but I am here.”

 


Copyright 2017 Sarah Ruden