In Boulder Colorado I worked
Kryptonics polyurethane factory
the tracks out back
where every day I ran
to watch the freight trains
longing to go
weeds broke the tar & tough earth
Where I grew up
Sioux Falls South Dakota
the wind slaps like a twisted towel
wet & spanky & mean
& peonies crawl across the blackest dirt
a shiny yellow tree in East Lansing Michigan.
a roominghouse one summer in Ellsworth Maine.
I hated every place I lived till I lived how I live now.
down by the river
for a place
to be happy
About Elinor Nauen
Elinor Nauen lives on the Lower East Side of New York (called by some Alphabet City) where she works as a poet, journalist, and editor. She edited two anthologies attesting to lifelong interests that began in her Sioux Falls, South Dakota, girlhood: Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend: Women Writers on Baseball and Ladies Start Your Engines: Women Writers on Cars and the Road. Her poetry is in American Guys, Hanging Loose Press and in quality small press magazines passim. For more information, visit her website www.elinornauen.com or email Elinor@ElinorNauen.com.