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Bruce A. Jacobs – Ⅳ

Coming Up on September 11 on a Train in the Canadian Rockies




Pines spear the air

like beds of green feathered nails

or fir combs built to stroke

the wind free of fresh badness.


Somewhere deep in the slopes,

well-fed men pay to kill

20-year-old grizzly bears

for fun. They say a half-ton bear falls


like a building. When the men ride roads home

to newspapers that talk of the anniversary,

they will wonder why the world

feels like a stranger.