Browned grass of ditch happy in the sun’s

scorching heat, surprise of cotton in the sudden 

field, silence from dust-smoked windows

of a forgotten factory, river’s clean smell 

of night in the dying twilight, slouch-hatted

general’s immobile watch over town square,

sweat of summer, taste of roadside mulberries,

Elvis on the radio drumming the ear.


Steven Croft began writing poetry as a student at the University of Georgia, where he studied creative writing with Georgia author Warren Leamon. Croft is the author of two poetry chapbooks, “Coastal Scenes” in 2002 and “Moment and Time” in 2015, both published by The Saltmarsh Press.