aztalan (totally a modern euro-american name—longer story than i want to go into) is a tremendous archaeological site in wisconsin. it is an outpost of the mississippian civilization more prominently known for their city called cahokia in illinois. it appears that folks from cahokia took boats up the mississippi, rock, and then the crawfish rivers to the present site. the village flourished between about 1,000-1,200 ce/ad. the village had large platform mounds, houses, a stockade, and a fish weir. why the settlers abandoned the village is unsure.
thanks to the wisconsin dnr for keeping up the site.
when i left this morning
stoplights were flashing
with the urban dawn chorus
rapid thud from the bank,
sun diffused thru altostratus:
dawn on the crawfish river
you were once here,
and now you’re gone
and this remains
crows cut over the platform mound
as silos loom over empty fields
a new niece has arrived in the world