News Poetry: “Fracking elegy”

Cracks in the pavement
cracks in the wall—
where do I go
if my house cracks
like a duck egg?

Where do mule deer and
black bears, elk and
prairie dogs go—
when the ground groans and
hills shudder in their long sleep?

Family photos drop to the floor–
broken faces through fractured
glass, projectiled through time
out of their deep city as the earth
vomits fracking fluid, force fed.

Photo credit: Bureau of Land Management, Creative Commons, Flickr

Karen Douglass has taught writing at Front Range Community College and is a member of The Academy of American Poets and Columbine Poets of Colorado. Her most recent poetry is Two-Gun Lil (212). Visit Karen at


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