High Point


if you follow the high tension lines

cut over the mountain and through the trees

beyond grandmother's house

just a few mountains away

 

remember the shale grave markers

for your animals we picked them out

of worn to the bone and jagged crags

at the top of the Ridge

beyond grandmother's house

 

half a billion year old shale

in your ten year old hands

 

electricity hums through the wires

overhead as winds pick up

like years and rush us over

the mountain and into the valley

 

Walkill River down there

over there the town of Sussex

beyond, the hills of Wantage

and on the far ridge of mountains

 

High Point Monument

like a raised middle or index

New Jersey

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