Poetry of Love, Resistance, & Solidarity

We know the small betrayalsBunch pic 2

of webs before dawn, the larger betrayals

of cross-hairs

in rifle scopes and theodolites.

Silk sticks to eyebrows, snags the optic

nerve on the target, the web exacting

as the river cannot be

for all its division, its splitting

of the town and the town’s

people, the shuffle and deal

of economic gunslingers, the separation

of sand and rock and timber.

River people know the currents,

the eddies and twists, the meander

that makes and unmakes the sandbar,

the hydraulics that wear on the dam.

Spider people spin cables into space,

lower girders onto pier caps, weave

the riven together, seductive, blinding,

crossing over to snare the day.

~ Stephen Bunch

Stephen Bunch can be found on the Map of Kansas Literature, next door to L. Frank Baum and Gwendolyn Brooks. It must be added, however, that property values plummeted when he moved into that neighborhood. His chapbook, Preparing to Leave, is available from The Lives You Touch Publications 

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