covered in dust waiting for rain


this old truck tucked
just into the woods
off a dirt road
cedar growing
through its skeleton
used to haul
field dressed deer
during season or not
sometimes moonshine
up and down these
ozark  roads paved
in mud and chert

old man penley
left it here one day
got pissed off
cause it wouldn’t
pull the hill
loaded  full of wood
backed off in trees
and just said
came back a half
dozen times
stripped it clean
nothing left now
but a speedometer
one chrome bumper

just sits
permantly parked
sometimes a summer
home for roadrunners
but always rusting
a shell of the 50s

neighbors pass by
nod toward the truck
and say
that penley
he was a crazy

7 Responses to covered in dust waiting for rain

  1. Dick says:

    The dry, laconic style and terse, abbreviated structure serve this poem really well. There’s a powerful sense of time and place within its narrative – and, of course, within the picture too.

  2. whypaisley says:

    and i say thank god for crazy sons o bitches like him,, they left behind a visual reminder of from whence we came…

    excellent write… love that photo too….

  3. maurie says:

    What a great character he must have been.

  4. JO says:

    What they said…it pulls you in and makes you part of it.

  5. Julie says:

    Okay, so now I’ve got another Scot Young favorite. But really…this one’s my all time favorite, at least until the next one comes along.

    Granted, I’m biased toward the subject, but it’s one of those poems that reaches across subject matter, and I think everyone can be drawn into the story.

    Excellent, fantastic work. Beautiful images, beautiful story, perfect structure.

  6. Holly D says:

    great narrative work!!! seriously…this is really nice…I love old rusty things in the country, and like to take pics of that kind of stuff too…I have a set of pics very similar on my myspace…I call them “rural decay” hehe.

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