where moon and sky have turned mean backs on our disasters,
we are alive, bawdy and brightly dressed, yearning, plotting still.
If I could, I would reach for you, Elmer Bland,
drowned while hunting rabbits down by the falls.
I went twenty-two years without your stone tongue and wooden hands,
without your disappointment in me, the bride who did not make you rich,
did not keep you young with children. And now we are together again,
cattle grazing in our faces, chewing our paltry shade down into pulp.
The hot dime of the noon sun can cackle to the stars at our mistakes,
but I cannot release one word from my lips. I cannot move, when all I want
is to touch a finger to the fine blue wool of your Sunday coat.
~ Pat Daneman
Pat Daneman has lived in Lenexa, Kansas since 1986. Recent work appears in The Moon City Review, I-70 Review, Bellevue Poetry Review, and The Comstock Review. Her chapbook, Where the World Begins, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. She is poetry co-editor of Kansas City Voices magazine.
Guest editor: Denise Low, 2nd Kansas Poet Laureate, is author of twenty-five books, most recently Mélange Block (Red Mountain Press, Santa Fe). Low is past president of the Associated Writers and Writing Programs board of directors. Cream City Review nominated her fiction for a Pushcart Prize in 2014. She writes articles, blogs, and reviews; and she co-publishes a small press, Mammoth Publications. She teaches private professional workshops as well as classes for Baker U. Her MFA is from W.S.U. and Ph.D. is from K.U. She has British Isles, German, and Delaware Indian heritage. See more: www.deniselow.net http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/denise-low http://deniselow.blogspot.com