it has been a satisfaction:
coffee climbing the percolator’s stem,
blue smell of plums,
sunlight fueling an orange.
At dusk, a crow calls and calls my name,
night subtracting its wings.
Jo McDougall lives in Leawood, Kansas. She’s Associate Professor Emeritus of English, Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. Author of five books of poetry and two chapbooks, her memoir, Daddy’s Money: a Memoir of Farm and Family, is forthcoming in June 2011 from the University of Arkansas Press.