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Short Poem: Who's to Blame?

Nicholas Wright is a former student of Columbia University's MFA program in poetry. He has more poems than he knows what to do with...

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Who's to Blame?

The trail is not made by the first
to bend the branches
and mat the sharp grass
(which springs back,
halfway to where it started).
Within a few seconds, minute devastation
becomes askew suggestion:
a shortcut. Could it lead them out
before nightfall?
To get there faster, they trace the outline
of a man they'll never meet.
They step heavy and expose the dirt,
continuing the damage,
but it's necessary for more
to follow. It feels good—
no one thinks they're misleading.

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