Poetry of Love, Resistance, & Solidarity

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Stretching beneath

The sign with two bullet holes,

 

I gauge the gray sky,

Pulsing veins of darkness.

 

Swimmer

Wind rushes in

To fill space

 

Where sea water once

Raced for shore.

 

Specimen

All afternoon, incredulous

Farmers in trucks

 

Slow to ask if I

Need a ride, son.

 

Flint Hills

At the ridge top

Semis swoop past

 

Honking great blasts

Of pterodactyl breath.

 

Race Official

Wind whistles

A break through

 

Windows of

An abandoned house.

 

Diner Lunch

When I tell the waitress

I’m running across the county,

 

She says she’s running too,

Out the door at five o’clock.

 

Rain Shower

I’m now walking

With my head down

 

Rivulets

Pacing like blood.

 

Freedom

The old bull escaped

From the broken pen

 

Jogs a bit as I pass,

Vanishing into the ravine.

 

Gas Station Window

Plastic bottle under

The outdoor tap,

 

I watch a waterbug dash

Across the mirrored plains.

 

Exhaustion

My breath becomes

Some panting beast

 

Running beside me

Barking into the wind.

 

Town

Suddenly land falls away

To reveal miles ahead

 

A sparse silent line of homes

With a sun shaft sprinting past.

 

County Line

I lean against the sign

For fifteen minutes while

 

Storm clouds inside me

Veer away into the hills.

~ Thomas Reynolds

Thomas Reynolds is an associate English professor at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas, and has published poems in various print and online journals, including New Delta Review, Alabama Literary Review, Aethlon-The Journal of Sport Literature, The MacGuffin, Flint Hills Review, and Prairie Poetry. Woodley Press of Washburn University published his poetry collection Ghost Town Almanac in 2008. His chapbook The Kansas Hermit Poems will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2013.

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