Abandoned Homestead in Watauga County

All that once was is this,
shattered glass, a rot
of tin and wood, the hum
of limp-legged wasps that ascend
like mote swirls in the heatlight.
Out front a cherry tree
buckles in fruit, harvested
by yellow jackets and starlings,
the wind, the rain, and the sun.

Ron Rash, "Abandoned Homestead in Watauga County" from Poems (New and Selected).  Copyright © 2016 by Ron Rash.  Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers Inc.
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