Syntactical Structures, by Ron Padgett

Syntactical Structures

It was as if

while I was driving down a one-lane dirt road

with tall pines on both sides

the landscape had a syntax

similar to that of our language

and as I moved along

a long sentence was being spoken

on the right and another on the left

and I thought

Maybe the landscape

can understand what I say too.

Ahead was a farmhouse

with children playing near the road

so I slowed down

and waved to them.

They were young enough

to smile and wave back.

– Ron Padgett


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