Why I Bought a Truck

By Robert S. King

Because it holds something,
carries the weight,
the insulation and blocks of a renovated house
that does not cast your shadow.
It parks in your spot.


Because it does not mire
in slinging mud,
gets a grip.
It still gets dirty.


Because it is driven,
not driven away,
not breaking down with a lonely load.
It delivers.


Robert S. King lives in the countryside near Cave Spring, Georgia. His poems have appeared in hundreds of magazines, including The Kenyon Review, Southern Poetry Review, Lullwater Review, Chariton Review, Main Street Rag, and others. His latest books are The Hunted River and The Gravedigger’s Roots, both from Shared Roads Press, 2009. He is currently Director of FutureCycle Press, www.futurecycle.org.

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