Our twelve-seater sits on concrete
cracked and filled with rubber
on a mountaintop just a hair shorter
than the bare ridge beside, already
ripped of leaves save the tough red oak
making a stand amongst grey poplar
and the broad green flanks of pine.

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Bill KingĀ is a 1990 graduate of the M.A. program in Creative Writing at the University of Georgia and has taught literature and creative writing at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, West Virginia, for the past twenty years. His work has appeared and is forthcoming in several journals and anthologies, including Kestrel, Appalachian Heritage, Still: The Journal, The Southern Poetry Anthology, and A Narrow Fellow: Journal of Poetry.

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