Thursday, April 14, 2016


Missoula makes Montana nervous.
the elk hunters are unsure 
of it's motives or real dedication.

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

Them ones, with their certain, "loose and lewdness,"
those shaggy, rowdy pupils that inhabit it's county
foster strong suspicions
of not really belonging to the rugged 
real rocks and mines and mountains
nor the smelters, ranches and dusty ravines.

They may 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 just float down stream
towards Idaho or some-where's else
next week or tomorrow,
everybody would be much obliged.