Nearing Galena

close to the town of Elizabeth

population 800

his hazard lights are on

pickup truck in the ditch

no clouds and next to another field of corn

he mows the grass in front of the crucifix

on Interstate 20


he is with another gentleman, younger

who are they doing this for?

Joris Soeding

Joris Soeding’s most recent collections of poetry are After Highland Park (Origami Poems Project, 2021) and Forty (Rinky Dink Press, 2019). Soeding’s writing has appeared in publications such as Another Chicago Magazine, Poetry Pacific, and Tint Journal. He is a 2021 and 2022 Pushcart Prize nominee and fifth grade Language Arts teacher in Chicago, where he resides with his wife, son, daughter, and cats.

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