by Luis Cuauhtemoc Berriozabal

Severed head scarecrow
looks like the aimless
horseman without a horse.

The crows help themselves
to the corn surrounding
the scarecrow’s head.

The farmer’s back near
the farmhouse resting
from a hard day’s work.

His shotgun is put away
where the children cannot
get to it. His wife’s gone.

Country life living gave
her the hay fever. She ran
off with a salesman,

whose death will not come
too soon as far as
the farmer is concerned.

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