Pennies

Pennies

Miscellany Editor

by Michael Conner, Senior, Writing & Linguistics

Hollowed riverbeds and blood
red plains beside copper
cabins, rusted away,
crushed on railroad tracks

oxidized to black, so heavy
trains wheezed and howled
with exhaust, like families
burning from fires

of war offhand, handed
off to clenched fingers of dying
soldiers, scattered through copper
speckled crops and gunpowder soil