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Letter to Edward Abbey

My name is Jamie Lee Hamann and I started sharing poetry articles back in 2013. Every year I share a poem a day in April.


Letter to Edward Abbey

When Doc tried sawing down each billboard sign

with chainsaw he acquired from his wife

or when his crew crossed the construction line

to stop the work and cause company strife

he always hit the road before the fine.

The mountain view was better for his life

a thirst for nature that he could not quench

a gang who gathered for the monkey wrench.

Remember story of your fiance

you drove new car onto lonely dirt road

and left your girl with nothing left to say

about the fact you dropped an extra load

with each broken part of new car that day

she left as quickly as this episode

him with his broken down automobile

dirt road in Badlands his Achilles Heel.

Drove family passed Arches National Park

where you wrote "Desert Solitaire' under

the influence of desert dryland mark

where horned lizards skittered to wonder

the wingspan of a honk with meadowlark

with rain upon the Arch and spring thunder

to fall in love with this foreign landscape

that sometimes feel like moons where we escape.

To see many desert throughout a life

as comfortable as you in dry climate

to find in Sagebrush a mystical wife

desert flowers typically respirate

on blade of Crabgrass reflection of knife

a drop of moisture seen where leaves binate.

I understand your militant desires

to save this land from any man made fires.

© 2022 Jamie Lee Hamann

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