A Lament for the Parcel at 250 North Main Street

There will be no monument for you.
No quarried pink granite statue,
no sleek wall with carved names,
or plaque at which we leave flowers.

What irony, to leave flowers at your grave,
to finger spell the name M-A-P-L-E on cold stone,
where hands used to touch warm bark,
feel sweet time seep through veins.

Nothing will fly at half-mast,
not the flag that claims your land,
or the birds that claimed your branches
as sacred choir loft.

There will be no moment of silence,
no annual tolling of bells
or communal lament for lives lost,
its long list of names retold:

Beech

Birch

Cedar

Cherry

Dogwood

Fir

Hemlock

Hickory

Hornbeam

Laurel

Maple

Oak

Pine

Poplar

Sassafras

Spruce

Tulip

Walnut

As we walk across your grave
for daily purchase and progress,
heads bowed against concrete winds,
no one will weep or remember your songs.

Poem ©2016, Jen Payne. Aerial views courtesy of Google Maps, 2014, 2017.

If you like this poem, then you’ll LOVE Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind.
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BOOK REVIEW by Juliana Lightle

Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind provides an unexpected metaphor for individual life, culture, and so much more. Nearly all the poems are accompanied with a photograph, often of trash in which lays a dental flosser (yes, one of those instruments with which you floss your teeth) with date and location. Flossing is supposed to prevent anything from being left behind. Hence, the title brings up an unusual play on words.” – Juliana Lightle

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EVIDENCE OF FLOSSING: What We Leave Behind
Jennifer A. Payne, author/photographer
178 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, Color Photos
ISBN: 978-0-9905651-1-6
$21.99 (plus tax + shipping)

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BOOK REVIEW by Christopher Liccardi

“I have to say, this book not only struck a nerve but felt more relevant with each page I read. Jennifer has captured the seemingly inexhaustible supply of humanity in a collection of poems and street photography that speak volumes about what we leave behind.” – Christopher Liccardi

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(Photo ©Jen Payne)


EVIDENCE OF FLOSSING: What We Leave Behind
Jennifer A. Payne, author/photographer
178 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, Color Photos
ISBN: 978-0-9905651-1-6
$21.99 (plus tax + shipping)

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BOOK REVIEW by Spirituality Without Borders

“Jen Payne’s book, Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, carries prophetic power in the spaces between its words. It is truth and beauty delivered to us in wide-eyed wonder by a child’s heart passionately in love with nature.” – Rita Kowats, Spirituality Without Borders

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EVIDENCE OF FLOSSING: What We Leave Behind
Jennifer A. Payne, author/photographer
178 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, Color Photos
ISBN: 978-0-9905651-1-6
$21.99 (plus tax + shipping)

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Mountain Breeze™

Water
Alcohol Ethoxy Sulfate
Linear Alkylbenzene Sulfonate
Sodium Carbonate
Sodium Chloride
Sodium Polyacrylate
Alcohol Ethoxylate
Fragrance
Fatty Acids
Tetrasodium EDTA
Disodium Diaminostilbene Disulfonate
Methylisothiazolinone
Hexylcinnamaldehyde
D-Limonene
Lilial
Liquitint Blue

If you love this poem, then you’ll love EVIDENCE OF FLOSSING: WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND.


Glaciers across much of the world are retreating in response to changing climate. Since 1967, the Teton Glacier, seen here in 2016, has lost 15 percent of its surface area. If current trends continue, the glaciers of the Teton Range will disappear. Their passing will be one of the many transformations this landscape will experience in the face of climate change. Note: The poem lists the actual ingredients in Purex “Mountain Breeze”™ laundry detergent.


BOOK REVIEW by Poet Joss Burnel

“Not only will Jen make you feel, think and ponder your own walk through life, but her book has photography that will do the same. Poetry as social commentary has a long history of impacting our world…” – Joss Burnel, Depth of A Woman

(Photo ©Jen Payne)


EVIDENCE OF FLOSSING: What We Leave Behind
Jennifer A. Payne, author/photographer
178 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, Color Photos
ISBN: 978-0-9905651-1-6
$21.99 (plus tax + shipping)

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Epitaph for a Dove

Were you just resting
or had you given up?
Sacrificed too much,
lost your lover in the storm?
What meter of suffering
beat in your heart?
When was enough enough for you?
I turned around to save you,
bide your time,
but my neighbor was in a hurry,
knocked you flightless to the curb,
before I could set us free.

If you love this poem, then you’ll love EVIDENCE OF FLOSSING: WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND.


BOOK REVIEW by Mary O’Connor

“Poet by nature and street photographer by perspective, author Jennifer Payne turns to the curious thematic image of a flosser to make an arresting statement in her new book about our world and about how, in so many ways, we influence its being. The thought of marrying a cast-off dental apparatus with such discordant thoughts as the randomness of salvation, or whether spiders sing or god flosses, struck me at first as odd, incongruous at best. But after reading the opening words of Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, I was caught…” – Mary O’Connor

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(Photo ©Jen Payne)


EVIDENCE OF FLOSSING: What We Leave Behind
Jennifer A. Payne, author/photographer
178 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, Color Photos
ISBN: 978-0-9905651-1-6
$21.99 (plus tax + shipping)

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BOOK REVIEW by Luanne Castle

“To help heal our planet and ourselves, we first have to look outward to go inward. Jen Payne’s new book of poetry and photographs inspires us to do just that. Using the unique and cohesive symbol of the pocket dental flosser, Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind explores nature and our place within our environment…Payne’s poetry is the nuanced, living force of the collection. What drives that force is a love of nature’s beauties, a love that Payne wants readers to experience.” – Luanne Castle

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(Photo ©Jen Payne)


EVIDENCE OF FLOSSING: What We Leave Behind
Jennifer A. Payne, author/photographer
178 pages, 5.5 x 8.5, Color Photos
ISBN: 978-0-9905651-1-6
$21.99 (plus tax + shipping)

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Dangerous Ground

Trusting Faithful,
we walk across
the backs of monsters,
fire-breathing,
sulfur-churning beasts –
smiling for the camera,
licking sweets,
our tongues wagging,
when at any moment
the whole earth could shift,
send unexpected flames
that char any hope we have
of seeing the valley where,
they tell me,
the wolves mate for life.

If you love this poem, then you’ll love EVIDENCE OF FLOSSING: WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND.