6/11 Idaho Magazine Features - "The Demons of Boulder Lake" (non-fiction)

Daniel Claar - Idaho's Premier Backcountry Writer

Winner - Idaho Magazine Publisher's Choice Award 2010
"The Proper Filter"

Winner - Idaho Magazine Judge's Choice Award 2011
"Where the River Leads"

"Hot Spring Break "

"Stampede! "

"Seeing Things"
Winner - Idaho Magazine Second Place 2011

Friday, January 8, 2010

Dead Eyes Don't Close Like What You See In Movies

Caught a snapshot of strangers
Huddled on the edge of chaos
A power pole vigil
Replacing withered roses and
Wiping mud splatters from a million tires
Off photographs of a smiling teenager
Holding her wide-eyed infant

Shouldn’t this ceremony occur
Somewhere beyond the blast
of angry honks and zombie eyes
Where manicured lawns
Are dotted with elegant stone reminders
Where flowers wilt undisturbed

Shouldn’t this family be blessed
With the fragrance of cherry blossoms
Instead of burnt rubber and exhaust

Think about the odds

A final breath in the arms
Of familiar faces
Comforting hands
Calm whispered words
A life wrapped up and
Tucked in white sheets with quiet dignity

What percent of life is afforded such luxury

It is the cosmic lottery winners
Who aren’t slain and devoured
Starved to death
Stepped on
Skeletonized by hideous disease
Shot to pieces or
Simply part of every season’s mass execution

The survivors just get to deal
With the unseemly location
And timing of someone’s daughter
Plastered around the steering wheel
Of a mini-van
On some random Tuesday night

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