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"There Are Not Many" - Michael L. Keck

there are not many places left where they still speak north country.
diners of course,
the post office lobby,
the dump,
places that understand hardware.

old men gather here
taking time off to visit one another.
they speak of the weather,
wear “nine below zero” like a badge.
they understand wool.
they know how to linger.

you can see them in line at calling hours
or buying chicken from a fireman.
dogs ride with them in trucks to camp
but they never say anything like “not from around here”
asking instead what you have seen