Richard Jordan – Summer, 1971Richard Jordan
My aunt said Freddy had been
captured by salamanders.
Most of the older boys were away
and the President was not himself.
Choppers hid in the elm trees at dusk.
I learned to like the many sounds
of Cracker Jacks in my head
during the evening news.
They found Cousin Freddy at the edge
of a swamp. Orange salamanders
were sleeping under his coat.
It made sense later.
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