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  • Park River.
    Two miles long, winding
    beneath strip malls, parks, insurance giants.
    Once upon a time it was lush,
    and then putrid, and now buried
    in a concrete, cavernous conduit.
    Like a sewer, or highway under underpass.
    Layered headlamps create demented shadow puppets.
    Graffiti scrawled walls, votive offerings, mangled debris.
    An overturned car, and other scars.
    A man-made burial vault
    that contains the remains of the historic "Hog River."
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