Poems by William Cullen Jr.

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Forsaken Fields

(a haiku sequence)

by William Cullen Jr.

From Canary Winter 2014-15

Bill lives a half mile due south of Prospect Park, the site of the last indigenous forest in Brooklyn, New York City. Brooklyn, like the rest of the Big Apple, is served by the Catskill, Croton and Delaware watersheds located in southeastern upstate New York.

denuded scarecrow
the shadow of a long cross
at dusk in the drought

water use restrictions
she sprinkles her vegetables
with seltzer

heat lightning
glimpses of dusty fields
fill the farmer's dreams

thunder in the valley
only echoes of gunshots
putting down livestock




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