In the Badlands

As wealth and power
retreat to their walled-and-gated
and their island-off-the-coast
greenzone enclaves

It’s worth knowing
that here on the outside
where aliens legal and illegal
dodge the authorities

The mesquite
and palo verde of Arizona
and the redbud and dogwood
of Tennessee

And the Juneberry
and pussy willow of Northwoods
Wisconsin and Michigan
still bloom together in spring.

Jon Taylor lives in Nashville, TN. He can be reached at Read other articles by Jon.