Speeding Through Kansas

These semis
are prairie
schooners:
sailing west,
speeding past
cornfields, barns,
frontage roads.
Scatters
of windbreak
trees. And the towns:
 
all video-land
second-hand
stores turned
hand-to-mouth,
brick-to-dust,
falling in,
fading fast.
They hold out
false fronts,
false hopes
 
and even now
can’t admit
how anything
sown into
this wind-blown,
silt-loam
land could
ever be
destined
to survive.
 
 
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Richard Luftig is a former professor of educational psychology and special education at Miami University in Ohio, now residing in California. He is also a recipient of the Cincinnati Post-Corbett Foundation Award for Literature, and a semi-finalist for the Emily Dickinson Society Award. His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals in the United States (including Blacktop Passages, previously,) and internationally in Canada, Australia, Europe, and Asia. Two of his poems recently appeared in Ten Years of Dos Madres Press.
 
Photography by Julie van der Wekken