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O, the crossed mute mountains
The hollow dry valleys
The waste and litter of towns
The grass gone dead on hills
And the owl screeching all night
In the rain-sodden woods:
The war overtook us here.

Trout in river pools
Gently swaying
And the water curling out
Over the rocks
And a hundred crows
Squawking their landing:
The war overtook us here.

Falcons fall out upon
The wind and remnants
Of dead voices sing from
The sea. The sound of rivers
In long valleys flowing and
Trees in a haze of wonder.
The war overtook us here.

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GENE WASHINGTON is a professor of English at Utah State University. His fiction, poetry, and criticism have been published in the United States, Canada, and Australia. His plays have been performed in New York City, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and at the University of Australia.
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poemsThe St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems
The St. Lawrence Book Award for a first collection of short stories or poems