Another artifact of the Skraelings’
implacable xenophobia the wall
crosses the ocean on decadent runes
and ends in a concrete outlet pipe
under chain-link bent in as if giants
used it for football practice or dump trucks
took a wrong turn off this stretch of pot holes
while the guard hid underneath a smart phone
studying repetitive pornography
and bolt cutters timed to incoming trains
announced a new freedom, access for all
to relics of industrial majesty
broken and paintless as the Parthenon,
but here, now, with a few retired workers
to sing sad songs of our own Golden Age.
M. A. Schaffner has had poems published in Shenandoah, Prairie Schooner, Agni, Poetry Ireland, Poetry Wales, and elsewhere. Other writings include the poetry collection, The Good Opinion of Squirrels, and the novel, War Boys. Schaffner spends most days in Arlington, Virginia or the 19th century.