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Sport 40: 2012

on lake michigan

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on lake michigan

all night the storm raged
around the white timber house
which the dimly-lit rooms alone
held together. the autumnal crowns
of trees on the morning after—
like smashed church windows.

the abandoned amusement park
with its sea-serpent roller coasters
that feed in good summers
on candy-driven screams
now stand numbed by winter.

every evening, friends, dusk
cuts the silhouettes
of roe-deer from the forests.
long walks along the shore—
hard to say in the lonely light
if that’s a black bear clambering up the bank
or a piece of driftwood
burnt to a black bear.