The road is muddy, but the night is dry.
Italian, single: shot in the eye.
"We'll meet at the store," the rioters said.
Hungarian, single: shot in the head.
Snowmelt has swollen the poisonous crick.
Hungarian, single: shot in the neck.
The deputies' lanterns burn orange and red.
Polish, five children: beaten till dead.
"Pinkertons!" "Fistfights!" "Evictions!" "Unrest!"
Hungarian, single: shot through the breast.
[from a manuscript in progress: Chestnut Hill, a verse history of southwestern Pennsylvania]