The extractive machinery scrapes away
a wide, wide swath, an industrial-yard welcome.
Buildings poke out of curved horizon,
appearing as one in the distance,
a tasteful sci-fi of dread.
After a feeling of bush and home,
recalling the warmth as a child
of lights in the dark in the distance,
of the city appearing.
Laurie D. Graham comes from Treaty 6 territory and now lives in Treaty 20 territory, where she is a writer, an editor, and the publisher of Brick magazine. Her books are Rove, Settler Education, and the chapbook The Larger Forgetting, a collaboration with painter Amanda Rhodenizer.