Joshua Beckman

1971 / New Haven, Connecticut

[Dear Angry Mob,]

Dear Angry Mob,

Oak Wood Trail is closed to you. We
feel it unnecessary to defend our position,
for we have always thought of ourselves
(and rightly, I venture) as a haven for
those seeking a quiet and solitary
contemplation. We are truly sorry
for the inconvenience.

Signed,

Ranger Lil
PS Ofttimes as the day ends
on a wet bed of yellow leaves
or the sky densens gray and dark
I am brought to imagine
the growing disquiet
in the hearts of my countrymen
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