RAD POETRY THANKS LAURA ELLEN SCOTT AND JACK CHRISTIAN
A GIANT REALM
by Jack Christian
for Laura Ellen Scott
We stood by the mill and told the stories of Fred, Ned, and Ed.
One time, Ned flipped a cement truck. Ed owned a confident dog.
Fred leased farm equipment. Fred became obsessed
with the unevenness of his face. Ned said, God says
cut-up in church. Ed caught a fish with his hands.
Ned didn’t eat right. The donkey nearly died when Fred
fed it cake. The donkey nearly broke my fingers
when I saved its life. A blue heron nested by the picnic area
on the Upper Catawba. Below the dam was the Lower Catawba.
We stood in the mud. The dog killed a muskrat.
Fred climbed after pawpaws. Ed found a bundle of wire in a stump
by the creek. Ned said we could be in touch with anybody.
When the blue heron landed it was because of our noise.