Mason-Dixon Lines "Shooting the Breeze" and "Chiaroscuro" "Shooting the Breeze" and "Chiaroscuro" TW O P O E M S B Y E D I S O N J E N N I N G S "We were thirteen and had guns . . . " Photograph courtesy of the Collections of the Library of Congress. Shooting the Breeze Aloof and aloft, the buzzards circled the farm, and we would shoot at them, to no effect, small guns popping, round after round. Did we know better? We were thirteen and had guns. Maybe small guns, but big enough, if we could only hit one, to blow a hole in any bird that fed on carrion. Still, we wondered silently, how they rode the breeze forever, as if sanctified. Only later would I learn about the great-winged vultures the long-gone pharaohs deified, and even later, Dante's dreadful song to death, how it undoes so many, and from a P-3's vantage point, watch Beirut burn and learn at last, I too was charmed, flying circles, like an icon. Chiaroscuro for John Jennings The muffled pull and puff of breath, the soft insistence of his need, dispel my dreams and I wake
Southern Cultures – University of North Carolina Press
Published: Aug 29, 2005
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