Ashamed at what I need

Roy always welcomes when I arrive (again)
bathed in Saturday manure, mud and sweat,
knowing already each inch of a cabin filled
with the essential—the wood stove, the spring pump,
the bookcase proud with well-used ancient texts/
the covered porch where he rests to watch the world approach.

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Mark Vogel has published short stories in Cities and Roads, Knight Literary Journal, Whimperbang, SN Review, and Our Stories. His poetry has appeared in Poetry Midwest, English Journal, Cape Rock, Dark Sky, Cold Mountain Review, Broken Bridge Review, and other journals. He is currently Professor of English at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, and directs the Appalachian Writing Project.

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