the cottonwood and sycamore

give up mats of leaves

on mere suggestion of winter


but the bear pin oak shivers,

bow-backed, full-pelted,

paws up and ready to fight


freeze snow hellish wind

it will take all winter

to skin that tree

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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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