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Poem: They're Laying a Pipeline

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Posted on August 21, 2014 | Blog Category:
By Gary Margolis



 

That’s not hay they’re spreading

    to mulch a garden, to keep the weeds

down. That machine isn’t a hand

    shovel to turn the ground for a bed

of seeds. It’s made for shallow ditch-

    digging, on Exchange Street.

For the other land taken in Vermont.

    It’s today’s day for laying pipe,

to bring the gas here from somewhere

    underground, far away. Where

the earth is split in half, divorcing

    rock from stone, so the fueled air

can escape and not stay where it was

    meant to stay. Not trapped exactly,

yet building up in case our planet

    needs its natural jet to nudge it

one way or the other, to adjust

    its wobbling orbit. Isn’t that

what the future’s for? To feel

    the earth move on its own.

To not foul itself by leaking gas

    into water, into air. To not turn

neighbor against neighbor.

    Especially in winter.

When we rub our hands together.

    January’s fire. When we can see

our breath, the mist that clouds

    a window. When we step outside

to bring in wood, to sweat by

    shoveling a state’s worth of snow.

To factor in the other ways we have

    to heat and cool a factory.

The sun, the wind, our love that bales

    hay when we can.

— Gary Margolis, Cornwall

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