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1981,
                  &  for three days in Nebraska
penny loafers are the talk, the thirties sensation
all over again in one-light towns.
          Three days in Nebraska,
&  a hundred calves come out bloody &   new
          as Wahoo &  Alma &  Dunning hum

&  glow, turned liked searchlights into
Colorado, where everyone’s already wearing
          their lucky shoes.
It takes just one look at a boy from Ansley—
there is love &  there is money
          &  there is everything in between,
             touched by both—
one look at the packs approaching the drag
in Imperial,
as first &  second boy say hey & hey to third
&  fourth—

          Three days in Nebraska,
          &  the bigger
the sentiment, the harder it falls, &    all over
the dreams of the pretty
          end somewhere in New York City,
but just this one time,
                                  just these three days
in Nebraska, the boys are clicking their boots
&  singing
          I wish I was here in Nebraska

Source: Poetry (May 2008)

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