Richard Hugo

(1923 - 1982 / Washington / United States)

Richard Hugo Poems

1. Degrees Of Gray In Philipsburg 1/13/2003
2. Death Of The Kapowsin Tavern 1/13/2003
3. Underwater Autumn 1/13/2003
4. The Church On Comiaken Hill 1/13/2003
5. Farmer, Dying 1/13/2003

Farmer, Dying

for Hank and Nancy

Seven thousand acres of grass have faded yellow
from his cough. These limp days, his anger,
legend forty years from moon to Stevensville,
lives on, just barely, in a Great Falls whore.
Cruel times, he cries, cruel winds. His geese roam
unattended in the meadow. The gold last leaves
of cottonwoods ride Burnt Fork creek away.

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