BONNER HERITAGE FARM
All that’s left of you is your stern daguerreotype
on the park’s educational plaques. Shrieking children
clamber over giant epoxy eggs and cows
where your hay bales used to stand. You were not always
archived. When the last cliff of Aberdeen dropped
below the horizon, surely you wept into the heather
of Margaret's hair. When you nailed together
the first hickory planks, humming "Roslin's Castle," you must
have looked over the flat land afire with goldenrod. Home?
In the subdivision across the road, new lives pass in and out
of their patios, men assembling gazebos and grills,
women with their heads in their hands. A high schooler
throws down his lacrosse stick, slams the screen door, careens
around the corner in his Jeep. The shadows
of your grandchildren's silos spill onto the sidewalks.
What can we fill with our lives? Kids will be fed without a worry
this year, winter arrive without so much a log to be stacked.
But still, so much to unsettle us. So much work to be done.
Tania Runyan is the author of A Thousand Vessels (WordFarm), Simple Weight (FutureCycle Press), and Delicious Air (Finishing Line Press), which was awarded Book of the Year by the Conference on Christianity and Literature in 2007. Her poems have appeared in many publications, including Poetry, Image, Mid-American Review, The Christian Century, Atlanta Review, Indiana Review, Willow Springs, and Nimrod.