The Scout


THE SCOUT                                       photo: "Near Meteor Crater, AZ" by Tim Goodman


           Statue of an Indian Brave, Kansas City, 1936





In bronze you sit,

safe now from the obsessions of decline,

your pony beneath you,

your hand held to your head,

you gaze exhausted

at the city that has risen against the plain,

as if this earth,

in unfaithful partnership,

had pulled a pistol.


After decades of that quick surprise,

there is no longer any need

to worry about oblivion--

what you once were has shattered through an eye

and come to this:

still, obdurate,

the trees at your pony's flank whisking softly...


near Meteor Crater
 © Eliot Schain