Cajun Mutt Press Featured Writer 11/18/20


tent by the railroad tracks.

he stands in the waist-high weeds
and hammers a post intended
for drying the clothes
he will wash
at a nearby drainpipe

(or for some other
daily domestic task
he will attend to
among the flung garbage
of his camp site)

with all the weary delicacy
of a mother with six children
lapping like waves
against the varicose veins
of her legs

as she hangs laundry
among the overgrown weeds
of a yard that belongs
to an unsent postcard

of a home.


This is the scene
I’m supposed
to write about:

cumulus piled up
on the western hills

butterscotch glow
from the melting sun

beams as thick
as battering rams
thrust up
at multiple angles
like the crown
of God

this is definitely
the scene

but I’d rather
write about
the filthy




One set of tracks
leads into Potterville
the boarded-up storefronts
junkies thrashing shoulder-deep
in overflowing garbage cans
yahoos barreling down Main Street
Confederate flags waving
from their 4x4s
poisonous words scrawled
on the limestone walls
of the 200-year-old courthouse

other tracks
lead outside of town
through frosted fallow fields
into a ribbon of trees
over damp creekside soil
vanish into the flashing stream
reappear on the other side
draw loops around the trunks
of oak, hickory, dogwood
and finally end
at the narrow mouth
of a cave

the silence and the cold stone floor

the fluttering eyelids

the band of blue sky outside

the musky breathing
low and calm
in the dark.

Β©2020 Scott Waters All rights reserved.

Scott Waters lives in Oakland, California with his wife and son. He graduated with a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. Scott has published previously in The Blue Nib, Better Than Starbucks, The Pacific Review, A New Ulster, Selcouth Station, Loch Raven Review, The Courtship of Winds, Adelaide, Scarlet Leaf Review, The Pangolin Review, Ink in Thirds, The Santa Clara Review, and many other journals.

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