Radio Flyer


I had a dream you bought a new wagon,

red and sleek, Radio Flyer in white

across the side.


I filled it with flowers, ran it across prairie hills,

zigzagged between bison and Indians,

and cowboys leaning on saddle horns.


I floated on pea-green rivers—

fish silhouetted in mushroom blue—

and off into the sea,


where waves sparked and shone

in shark phosphor and coral spike.


I woke, wheels a-squeak in prairie grass,

I pulled into sunset and down into a valley,

basement dark and dank.


Behind, wildflowers glowed

between the tracks of my Radio Flyer,

a map of the way back to you.

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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