“Shooting the Breeze” and “Chiaroscuro”

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“Shooting the Breeze” and “Chiaroscuro”

by Edison Jennings
Southern Cultures, Vol. 11, No. 3: Fall 2005

"Only later would I learn / about the great-winged vultures the long-gone pharaohs deified. . ."

Shooting the Breeze

Aloof and aloft, the buzzards circled the farm,
and we would shoot at them, to no effect,
small guns popping, round after round.
Did we know better?