Open Country South
Quick pavement cuts between pick-your-own berry farms
And big-sky cornfields
Signs warn of dangerous powerlines overhead
And that you’re laying tread on the United Spanish War Veterans Memorial Highway
Called Ohio’s Fresh Foods Corridor by marketers
Or the Scioto Trail
The city’s oldest family farms feel the squeeze of corporate growers
Handpainted signs for runner beans or strawberries stand still for now
The Columbus boundary is marked with the LED lights of the horsetrack casino
Where Audrey Hepburn’s impish grin adorns a cooing slot machine
And every wheelchair-marked parking space is perpetually filled
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Poem ©Tracy Zollinger Turner, 2014.
These pieces were originally used as a narrative for the photography
exhibit 25 on High in Columbus, Ohio’s Urban Art Space.