i don’t care much

whether humans have souls

or if death transforms us


heaven, hell,

and the in between

don’t concern me


i must atone for my original sin

and this sinner pays penance

doubt and self-recrimination


i seek the solace of breezy days

in early spring when the crocus

pushes through fallen leaves

and reaches for the sun


so i toil purgatory days

struggle for the light


i’m redeemed when

i find myself free

of me

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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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