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Tuesday, May 15, 2007


by Charlie Mehrhoff

As the crow flies it is 6211 miles
from Washington, D.C. to downtown Baghdad.
Every 3,000 miles
I change the oil in my truck.
Pouring the used oil into a container
the funnel tips over splashing oil upon the cold
New England ground.
Small puddle of oil,
dim reflection of a man
for the wings of a crow.

Charlie Mehrhoff has sent out little work in the past decade. Survival issues. However, he was recently featured in ORIGIN 2, Sixth Series. Crafting the Word is a Web site window into his work.