where the turn of a driver’s
gaze would have to slot into
a second’s synchronicity
or the grass and the rock would
keep her secret, as she knew.
I had slipped through the crack
in a moment’s privilege and kept
her secret. Such confidence is
salvation in a world burning
with our hungers. – You out there
in your den, let me hold you close
in the cool darkness where your
tongue laves the little ones to life.
— Steven Hind
Steven Hind divides his time between Hutchinson where he taught for three decades and the family farm on the eastern edge of the Flint Hills near Madison. His collection, The Loose Change of Wonder, was selected as a 2007 Kansas Notable Book.