Reading Herodotus, or
driving through the Catskill range
past the oxidized effluvium of long-eroded mountains;
Past layers of catskills
delta, where subsequent glaciers scraped
at the Helderburgh sea, where
the orogeny of the acadian mountains gave way to
the Brachiopods of Mount Marion.
The Falls give way to the Resevoir, leaving
behind the cheap dinginess of a highwayside grocery, and
the piano hammer factory, where they
housed and loved old machines.
The indian trading post closed, but plaster
totems still stand in the woods, on the hill behind.