Monday, December 6, 2010

Missoula in a Dusty Light

by John Haines


Walking home through the tall
Montana twilight,
leaves were moving in the gutters
and a little dust...



I saw beyond the roofs and chimneys
a cloud like a hill of smoke,
amber and dirty grey. And a wind
began from the street corners
and rutted alleys,
out of year-end gardens, weed lots
and trash bins;
the yellow air
came full of specks and ash,
noiseless, crippled things that crashed
and flew again...
grit and the smell of rain.
And then a steady sound,
as if an army or a council,
long-skirted, sweeping the stone,
were gathering near;
disinherited and vengeful people,
scuffing their bootheels,
rolling tin cans before them.

And quieter still behind them
the voices of birds
and whispering brooms:
"This Land
has bitter roots, and seeds
that crack and spill in the wind..."

I halted under a blowing light
to listen, to see;
and it was the bleak Montana wind
sweeping the leaves and dust
along the street.

4 comments:

  1. Great poem and makes me want to go to Missoula, for sure.

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  2. One day soon, I need to see the beauty of a Montana twilight with my own eyes. I'll go in the summer season.

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  3. Make that mid-summer. I'll have to post the pictures of us in Yellowstone in June...we almost couldn't make it because of the snow!

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