The lover


Coffee spoons tinkle against morning,

she tells me her nightmares—

house-trapped old women,

ghosts asleep on park benches,

walkers and wheelchairs and ventilators.


She touches her cheek, wrinkles spider away,

veins creep along the back of her hand.


I listen and watch and want to remember

when I spread my fingers

across her skin, calm and smooth.

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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