An American Diet – A Poem by Rowe Williams

A car can eat miles of America - 
the amber waves of grain,
the sea-to-shining-sea -
petroleum-propelled, voracious.

From the combustion of
refined hydrocarbons, we obtain the products:
carbon dioxide, water,
and a new destination.

As the earth slips backwards
beneath rubber tires freshly rotated
only exhaust fumes are left behind.
A fragrant offering
of greenhouse gas and mild pollution.

And America stoically witnesses
this exchange of chemical and kinetic energies,
watching silently.
Remembering a time before America
was its name.
And a time before that.

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