tennis shoes on a telephone wire


tennis shoes

five pairs, five victims,

five lies for truths suspended

on Christmas-ornamented line


after the walk from school

ends at popsicles, televisions,

cigarettes, and bike pedals,


bullies forget


a dog barks at sunset strollers,

shoe factories in china smoke,

voices shoot through wire


in the night quiet settles

on alley cat tails,

breezes knock heels together

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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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