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This poem is taken from PN Review 259, Volume 47 Number 5, May - June 2021.

Poems Devin Johnston
Futilities

Enough rain
and every route
becomes an obstacle,

tracks turn to creeks,
roads to rivers,
the paths impassable.


   *

From a neighbor’s yard
the dull thud of walnuts,
the dead sound of digging,
an adult male voice
amused and scornful.


   *

Almost done!
Almost done!

You’re always
almost done,
...


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