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Corn Truck Overturns On Main Street, a poem by Steve Brammell


Corn Truck Overturns On Main Street

Semi trailer filled from silos,

tidal wave of last year’s golden crop.

Traffic stopped, doorways blocked,

old men in the coffee shop

tapping their canes on glass

excited to be trapped.

Baby in its stroller, wide eyes

filled with so much yellow,

some yahoo in a four wheel drive

plows in, does doughnuts,

spraying kernels like hail and bullets,

sheriff stays in his cruiser

remembering a convoy

and a roadside bomb.

Someone flies their drone

to document this news 

where news never happens,

climbing up above

camera sweeps around

to capture endless fields

freshly tilled, waiting to be planted,

and down on the road

a pastor on his bike,

heading out of town

on a long ride

to get his sermon right,

imagining August,

his favorite month, 

with tall corn

for miles and miles,

hot and sighing

with Nature’s breath.

Steve Brammell’s poems, short fiction and non-fiction have appeared in Alabama Magazine, Birmingham Magazine, RavensPerch, Northwest Indiana Literary Journal, White Wall Review, The Tiny Seed Literary Journal, The Write Launch, Flying Island Journal, Cathexis Northwest Press, Toho Journal and The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature. Finishing Line Press has just published his book of short stories, Red Mountain Cut. He has also enjoyed a parallel career in the restaurant and wine business for the past 25 years. He is a graduate of Wabash College and a member of the Indiana Writers Center. He lives in Indianapolis.