PASTORAL II

Monica McClure

It was a spare existence

And I long for it still


Less means less 

This thin subsistence I understand 


Someday child of pumpjacks 

I sat atop an oil well counting my wins

Like cotton bulbs baled, they were just enough


A fake preacher told me I was sad

Even at the bottom there’s room to turn a profit 


I was too pliant to want more


Until out of the limestone grew 

A mound of fluorescent lantana 


And an appetite was born 

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Monica McClure is the author of Tender Data (Birds, LLC, 2015), Concomitance (Counterpath Press, 2016), Boss Parts 1& 2 (If A Leaf Falls Press, 2016), Mala (Poor Claudia, 2014), and Mood Swing (Snacks Press 2013).