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Friday, June 03, 2005


by Scott Malby

In Eastern Oregon are there concentration camps?
I've never been there--in a concentration camp, I mean.
Where you're alive only as long as you think you are
and your mind prowls around its own razor wire.
Lately, I've dreamed of living in a small town
of mocking laughter where it rains ashes and I'm afraid.
Afraid of what I might do or become.

Scott Malby is a frequent contributor to journals worldwide.