Guns and Ammo

© Matthew Word Bain

well sited on the edge of town
with ample parking and
clean sight lines
but no longer
open for business
let alone well trimmed
as the ivy crown suggests
a fading snapshot of days gone
not altogether distant looking back
and waiting for a time perhaps
not altogether distant
looking forward
when forces converge
to make a profitable venture
here on the edge of town
beside the train tracks
in view of the mountains
and just out of earshot
of the nearby rivers
whose presence
may indeed suggest
a more peaceful business
serving the crowd that comes
to spend their leisure on the water