Tight blue


She comes apart, shirt bunched

about her breasts

and showing hip going to fat—

but not yet.


She turns, skirt falls a little

reveals the elastic line

of white cotton, tag flipped up

like a baited fish hook.


She straightens everything out

with a whisk of fingers, cinches it

all tight with a snap. Nearby,

a breath turns to a sigh.

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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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