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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Hitching A Ride From A Rodeo Bum
Four Hours Out Of Eugene

by Richard Hartwell

Sleepily watching, passed and passing,
Riding broken mud flaps’ roostertails,
Drunk-driving U.S. 10l like an asphalt bronc-buster,
And 2 a.m. lies swapped with a cowboy,
Between brown-bagged sips of yesterday.

Alone with last summer’s saddle-tramped truths,
I’ve been drunk-driving highways everywhere,
Drinking forward, dreaming backward,
Drowsing, dropping off, and

Another seven-second ride, ended,
Day before tomorrow.

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