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On a Stone Bench Laid Down by the CCC

Western Pennsylvania man, Erie County,
sitting on a stone bench he carved in
the mythology of America, he knew it
took the broken bedrock of men’s lives
to break and shape the bedrock of Colorado,
the song of failed wheat fields and factories,
the failure of Capitalism and Communism,
the triumph of a bully, a dozen madmen,
a bureaucracy built from the failure of all
at the eastern ends of where the railways ran
carrying the hobos and failures westward,
the men who traded nothing to test their arms
to beat against the earth itself in rage and hope
collapsing as a band of brothers and singers
and shapers of a future built of stone…No,
built of a world where flowers and cabins,
walkways and drives built along the edge of sky
where nothing could be seen except the world
itself rolling with the ageless continents was
measureable even though they worked alone
it was enough to send a few nickels home
and enough to keep their wives and children
living long enough to forget what their fathers
eventually would give their lives for…now
turning their eyes toward metal finance and
data driven media our past did not dream nor need…

from Pennsylvania Ohio Oklahoma from Europe
and Asia and everywhere the adventurous failed,
from where the heart of America still had room to beat,
these men caught in the sweep of song and hope set
out across our country, building dreams of stone huts
and of parkways built through mountain passes
all across America, but never more than here in
Colorado where mountains separated man from soul
until they could be sculpted tunneled drilled driven
across the bedrock and the alpine fields opened out…

a nation back then, our nation back then funded that
and out of that the oil and gold that drives us today,
but what of the brotherhood of men that drove them…
too many gone too many bought too few alive today.


  Jared Smith