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From: Vol.09 N.01 – A Poetics of Rights

Bein’ Cheated

by Amy Olson

Wildfires ravage a land already gravely injured by,
dry, red grasses. Cheat grass they call it.
Cheated the soil of its’ water, before July.
Cheated the bison of hearty feed, of real grass.
Cheated the occupants of their food and clothing source,
creating a debt beyond loss.
Blackened ashy fence posts no longer uphold wires,
that stopped the migration for a time.

Published: August 2022
Amy Olson

After receiving my BS in Agricultural Communication from the University of Wyoming I am trying to find where my writing and I belong. I am an aspiring equine journalist who now resides wherever I can park my living quarters horse trailer. Usually as close to my horse as possible and somewhere that my dog can be king of the land.

An Australian and international
journal of ecopoetry and ecopoetics.

Plumwood Mountain Journal is created on the unceded lands of the Gadigal and Wangal people of the Eora Nation. We pay our respects to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to elders past, present and future. We also acknowledge all traditional custodians of the lands this journal reaches.