We Pass


gas stations, grain silos, a small cemetery,

telephone poles marching single file,


mills, a bowling alley, fast food chains

with names that we all recognize,


a maze carved into a corn field, red barns

protected by Pennsylvania Dutch hex signs,


homes, over-populated parking lots, a pickup truck

flying a miniature flag from its tailgate,


two-tone cows, West Main Street,

imperative slogans telling us which cola to drink,


roadside attractions – a railroad museum

and the oldest turkey farm in the nation,


a placard advertising real estate,

saying Rental and Sales on one side


with NO WAR NO WAR on the other

in a black scrawl that looks like its dripping.