spring-fed pool

snapperoak shaded and pine needled,

free raptor of claw,

iridescent crawdads jet through hairy algae


a school of madtoms futz around in tea-brown decay

while a darter trio—two stippled and an orangethroat—

plot a run against the pumpkinseeds

lolling at the edge of the sapphire seep


a sculpin, the ancient old man, impatient

with the bluegill and shiner gossip

scuttles rock to rock

settles on the snapper’s back


an eye moves with the sculpin

as it hovers up off the shell

and glides toward a stick-tip of a nose

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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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