Monday, July 13, 2009

Laura Bush Visiting Crater Lake

Appeared in the Oregon Statesman-Journal on July 15, 2009 and the Iowa City Press-Citizen on July 20, 2009

Now unemployed, she walks and thinks
and tries to enjoy the view,
yet something there is about the place
that feels like deja vu.

The mountain, she learns, was solid once,
but blew up from inside—
a mass of fire and brimstone making
a depression miles wide

and unregulated lava flows
as far as the eye could see
reducing to ashes what was once
a thriving economy.

The thought of such destruction here
causes her to swallow,
for if it happened once like this,
how many more might follow?

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