Bygone Diner

© Matthew Word Bain

looking cleaner than ever
yet I’ve not seen a solitary vehicle
facing down a single one of those posts
since at least the beginning of 2020
and I imagine the slow stream of hikers
trickling down from the Appalachian Trail
dried up considerably over the past two years
so this local icon of greasy Americana
is likely to have found the end of this road
off to get its kicks on the great Route 66 in the sky
it’s been years since I could eat anything on the…

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