Country-Boyin’

 

A Very Mary Variation

A mostly-Pantoum poem

using Line 3 from Mary Oliver’s “Meadowlark” – but now it’s more serious

Country-Boyin’

he’s been lookin’ at real trucks for two years 

three-quarter ton pickups for bigger jobs than Ford Rangers can do 

but now it’s more serious 

he’s hiked his dress pants and signed his name 

three-quarter ton pickups for big jobs-

haulin’ trailers, pullin’ campers, country-boyin’!

he hiked his dress pants and signed on the line

 

no one knows why he hiked his pants 

mud boggin’, four- wheelin’, country-boyin’ –

always ready to ride the roads 

sometimes dogs curl up in bathroom sinks during storms for no apparent reason

a Clyde Edgerton character even had an unexplained habit of flushing raw cabbage heads down the toilet 

always ready to ride the roads

but now it’s more serious 

a quirky dressed-up country boy is still a Georgia country boy 


he’s gone and bought him a shur-nuff truck




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