THE LEVELING OFF
Jim Daniels & Charlee Brodsky
The experts on the removal
are also the experts on the installation
There, we say, watching the cement dry.
A broken chunk laughs
having lost its attachment
laughs at that, or sighs, having lost
dismissed, exiled to earth.
having done their jobs
having idly scratched concrete
Perhaps the leaves do not laugh
or desire to whisper. Perhaps
in mockery of forever. And the sticks
imagine they are seeds. The experts
Somewhere they have laid it flat.
as they could get, scraping their knuckles
to rust into surprise at the betrayal
The photographs in "Trace" were made in a large abandoned industrial site that sits next to railroad tracks in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Every photograph contains a shard of something left by someone.