Swamp grass and muck rot
shelter a vibrant community.
Brown-speckled wren eggs crack
in six-pack nests beneath
black bag tarpaulins.
Aluminum can abodes dwell
on shaded confetti lawns.
Insects scurry on tire tread highways;
reptiles retire to Coke bottle brothels.
Father says, the lost architecture is the most tragic part.
Glossy magazines woven into webs
bridge trees as a canopy
of dates and events. The focused sun
illuminates the particular histories
we have tried to leave behind
during our marsh walk.
Instead, we think of the cooking fire,
the roasting meat, the hum of voices,
which quiet as we approach, guns drawn.
Joshua Allen is a somewhat wayward soul who is soon to be mercilessly ejected from Indiana University Bloomington into the larger world. He has been published in Gravel, Origami Journal, Lime Hawk, Tributaries (forthcoming), and The Long Island Literary Journal (forthcoming).