The American Journal of Poetry
"Strong Rx Medicine"®

 

Amy Trotter

Promise Land

 

The fields are
            waterlogged.
The sugarcane
            a home for flies.


Still I chew and suck
            the rotten juice
running down
            my chin.


This could have been
            home.
This could have been
            sweet.


The ground is swallowing
            me
as I stand among the broken
            carious
                        stalks.


The buzzing and the crows
            in mid air
                        are waiting.


My feet bore holes in the mud
            for maggots
and I stoop to watch them
            squirm.


I want to watch them turn
            brown
and sprout iridescent wings
            to carry


this sickness
            back from where it came.

 

 

 

AMY TROTTER is a poet and MFA candidate at American University. She is an Alabama native currently living in the suburbs of D.C. with her two toddlers and husband. The American Journal of Poetry is pleased to present Ms. Trotter’s first publication of poetry.

 

 

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