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What Remains

Carved into the earth — the Erie Canal.
It curves through Brockport & flows away.

Once there were no houses here,
no churches, no steeples, no towering clocks.

A quiet country with palm grass,
short-eared owls, bobolinks...

The moon remains as does the sun.
Let me show you eternity.

Meet me at dusk on the bridge.
We'll kiss under what remains.

Tom Holmes is a co-founding, co-editor of Redactions: Poetry & Poetics. He is author of After Malagueña (FootHills Publishing, 2005), Negative Time (Pudding House, 2007), Poetry Assignments: The Book (Sage Hill Press, 2008), and Pre-Dew Poems (FootHills Publishing, 2008).