down from billings


It was prophesied that Kronos, king of the gods, would lose his throne to his son, just as he had taken rule from his own father. To vacate the prophesy, Kronos swallowed his children at their birth. But Rhea, his wife, saved one boy by giving Kronos a stone to swallow instead and spiriting the redeemed boy to Crete. As an adult, Zeus overthrew Kronos and imprisoned him on Tartaros in a deep pit. Centuries later, Zeus had mercy on his father, released him from his prison and put him on the throne of Elysium.


he lifted his chin, profile with mountain teeth

and breathed a breath, a little flit of a sound

loud as butterfly wing


down the divide at the wheel of the dodge,

he grew louder—was heard in winds

that ratcheted along knuckly ridges,

white as bones


eyes afire, bow-strong in the shoulder,

arms like knotted rope, hands like blacksmith tongs

big enough to wrap my head, all and then,

as if banished, none


separated from my father,

i have seen the mountains again

they aren’t nearly as big

their teeth not as sharp

the air not as clear


and he’s grown small,

frame crooked as an old door,

he limps, hair grayed, arms weak,

back bowed, he mumbles about weather

his eyes dark and cold


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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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