Straight Edge Denton ’97

Denton Thrift Store
Is anyone still straight edge
cruising past a thrift store
in a
midsize town
at the start of the Great Plains
Is anyone still cruising past a
thrift store
in a
midsize town
at the start of the Great Plains

Yellow and brown bricks
Do people still have these colors stuck
in their heads
as the feelings of an era

How many times did the sunsets
stretch out
our hearts

The oak trees have continued
to sing with a choir all around
for all that’s gone
unnoticed

Murry is out there mowing

For the purpose of the County
the oak trees are breathing
The County thinks they’re beating
the sidewalk

Even the passing cars on the
State highway by the thrift store
the oak trees have befriended
the smell of refried beans
wet pizza dough and mustard
to help with time’s remembrance

Yellow gunk in my eyes
or to love in some form
among the living

to love the way of insignificance

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