The Noah Project

Rebuilding a sustainable world.

Gary Snyder

Dillingham, Alaska, the Willow Tree Bar

Drills chatter full of mud and compressed air

all across the globe,

low-ceilinged bars, we hear the same songs

All the new songs.

In the working bars of the world.

After you done drive Cat. Afer the truck

went home.

Caribou slip,

front legs folded first

under the warm oil pipeline

set four feet off the ground–

On the wood floor, glass in hand,

laugh and cuss with

somebody else’s wife.

Texans, Hawaiians Eskimos,

Filipinos, Workers, always

on the edge of a brawl–

In the bars of the world.

Hearing those same new songs

in Abadan,

Naples, Galveston, Darwin, Fairbanks,

White or brown,

Drinking it down,

the pain

of the work

of wrecking the world.

Gary Snyder


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