He was once the exploiter

of those who exploited,

found no reason not to reach over the horizon,

see what the world held for him.


But in age, fear grew, clung to him

until he ceased to bring food to his mouth,

and brought his mouth to food.


Photos of firefighter, paratrooper, father

who made his children climb mountains,

build fires, walk deserts.

He thunders across the floor,

the end of an era.

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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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