Enough by Dan Pohl

Dan PohlFor silence, the year saw few warm

Days; they came seldom, as spooky

As honest politicians pop up because

Cold winds moved too much and

Made the clear panes rattle, too near

My bedroom window on the back

Porch sounding gossipy after a time

Unable to rest, pushed into such a

Clacking pitch by blue weather


On the roads, gusts skipped light

Cars like stones chatter on water

Nudged to cross the center line

As minnows flash there, surprised

Into oncoming traffic for a quick

Correction to the wheel to decide

To stay home, surrounded by walls

Soft, warm walls and to tape the

Wind chimes to stop their rumors


Beyond the bad day for Caesar

The buffeting-cold breathing Ides

Changed people, changed their

Human nature, grounded, delayed

Flightless like pheasants from the

Incessant breeze or, as stoic turkeys

From the chilled winter sliding

Over bare necks in want of heated

Air from the deep ache for good fires

~ Dan Pohl

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>.

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, guest editor for Dec., is the 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate, author or editor of 19 books, and founder of Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, where she teaches. More on her here.


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