Scott T. Starbuck The 2River View, 8.1 (Fall 2003)
The Kid at Calico Rock

Listening to the stringy kid
with the acoustic guitar,
I know his wildness of spirit
is stronger than empty pockets
and years of eating canned food.

Maybe the kid worked all summer
washing dishes to buy that guitar.
Maybe he loves it more
than boys on the hill
love their dogs.

They say the place he's from
has a river so polluted
it caught fire.

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