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American Life in Poetry: Mysterious Neighbors

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Connie Wanek is one of my favorite poets. She lives in Duluth and has a keen eye for what goes on around her. Here's a locked and loaded scene from rural America.


Mysterious Neighbors

Country people rise early

as their distant lights testify.

They don't hold water in common. Each house

has a personal source, like a bank account,

a stone vault. Some share eggs,

some share expertise,

and some won't even wave.

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