school bus

school busthe man at the corner

stands with daughter in hand

ready to put her on the bus


flash of yellow and fists of smoke

and the man is alone,

he waits a moment


backfire, woodpecker trill,

chainsaw whine and hammer fall,

he looks at his shoes


when he walks away

he leaves a hole

that hangsĀ there all day

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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