sales meeting



bubble-eyed buddha rests

on the bottom of a pop bottle,

he smiles at a crowd

that applauds the arrival of enlightenment


sometime this afternoon, you can count on a flash

to break the room, make our innards spill to the floor

and there, soaked up in carpet fiber,

they form miasmas that lift buddha

into heaven from that bottle of pop


and show us the light shining

in our faces

where it’s always been

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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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