Thursday, April 14, 2016


Missoula makes Montana nervous.
the elk hunters are unsure 
of its motives or real dedication.

Folks in Red Lodge and Sydney
don't trust the people or the politics over there
or the proclivities found in that general locale

It's them ones, with their certain "loose and lewdness,"
those shaggy, rowdy kids filling up the town
that foster strong suspicion

They really can't belong to these rugged 
rocks and mines and mountains
nor the smelters, ranches and dusty ravines.

Some try to act scraggly and drive a truck on occasion
or even own a gun for varmints and such 
but tolerance is only barely possible.

If they'd float on downstream
towards Idaho or somewhere else

next week or tomorrow,
everybody would be much obliged.