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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...


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.