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Poetry


Watford City, North Dakota, 2013

Sue Ellis

The view through the truck´s
bug-spattered windshield
took her breath away--
the oil rig strung with lights
like a rocket poised to launch--
tanker trucks in queue,
headlights piercing the dark.

It didn´t matter,
that the town had no gluten-free bakery
or nail salon.

She´d get by on corn chips and love,
wash dishes in the camper´s tiny sink
with water clouded by fracking--
isolate herself at the man-camp,
hopes narrowed
to the full hook-ups they´d have
once payday rolled around.

Hopes narrowed
to the few hours each day
when he wouldn´t be at work.




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Reader Feedback:
Powerful images of what it might be like for a woman in the fracking camps of North Dakota. Nicely done!
~Sarah

You've captured the oil town, and the narrator's dreams. Well done.
~G. K. Adams