first spring rain


a city rinsed and rinsed again

in two day’s worth of washboard rain



the place is washed,

spring cleaned


curbs scoured, yards scrubbed

from three months of dog


tree trunks tidied

for new messages

Published by

Patrick Dobson

Patrick Dobson was founded in 1962. He is a writer, scholar, ironworker, and poet who lives in Kansas City, MO. He is author of two books with the University of Nebraska Press, Seldom Seen: A Journey into the Great Plains (2009) and Canoeing the Great Plains: A Missouri River Summer (May 2015). Dobson is a work in progress until termination.

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