Industrial Wreckage

a pantoum about day two of the on the ground to ground the drones walk (Chicago to Battle Creek)
I
walk past shells of old industrial plants,
In
a place that time erased from existence,
So
close to the skyscrapers of Chicago
Yet
this poisoned place feels like a different world.
In
a place that time erased from existence,
Heavy
black smoke billows from ancient smokestacks.
In
this poisoned place feeling like a strange world.
Rain
falls, but the grime cannot be washed away.
Heavy
black smoke billows from ancient smokestacks
Making
the foul smelling air feel stagnant
Rain
falls but the grime cannot be washed away
From
the cars, the birds, buildings, and the people.
Sensing
the foul smelling air that’s stagnant
In
a jungle of pipelines built for oil
Do
the cars, the birds, buildings, and the people
Hunger
more for black gold than for fresh water?
In
a jungle of pipelines built for oil,
I
step tentatively on sharp, wet gravel.
That
hunger for black gold, not for fresh water,
Has
resulted in this broken, used up land.
I
step tentatively on sharp, wet gravel
Heading
forward but thinking about past stories
Of
the people of this broken, used up land,

In
a gray place not of their own making.

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