The principal supporting business nowis rage. Hatred of the various graysthe mountain sends, hatred of the mill,The Silver Bill repeal, the best liked girlswho leave each year for Butte. One goodrestaurant and bars can’t wipe the boredom out.The 1907 boom, eight going silver mines,a dance floor built on springs—all memory resolves itself in gaze,in panoramic green you know the cattle eator two stacks high above the town,two dead kilns, the huge mill in collapsefor fifty years that won’t fall finally down.
-From “Degrees of Gray in Philipsburg” by Richard Hugo
“The principal supporting business now/is rage.”
Thank you, Mr. Hugo. I’m going to steal that.