Lectionary of Land by Dan Pohl

Mark it well and good, walking through seasonsDan Pohl

Page after page, to get to harvest gatherings

With chants inside church circles, and we know

Our human moments

By what’s important to us by the turn of

Hallmark’s Calendar that tells what card and

When, so we know about our births, our lives,

Our deaths, our moving

Waves through wheat, animated on the land

That offers us resurrection, twining through

It, recognizing its sense, its focus with time,

That shapes

The years and then a benediction of wind,

Which breathes fire that speaks “benedicere,”

Blessings, the Latin forgotten, sharing our life,

Our bread.

Dan Pohl instructs English composition at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas. Woodley Press will publish his first book of poetry Autochthonous: Found in Place in late 2013. He lives in Moundridge, Kansas, and writes poems and prose poems. He judged the 2013 Nelson Poetry Book Contest. People can find his work published in two 2013 anthologies: Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems (Woodley Press) and To the Stars through Difficulties (Mammoth Publications), both edited by past Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg. A sampling of his poems is found online at <kansaspoets.com>. He has self-published two chapbooks: Spring House and Unpaved Roads.


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