Listening To Grandpa, Again by Greg German

GGeman 270pxAs we walk a path,

once a road,

leaving tracks between

the puncture vines,

his gaze runs along

a fallen fence, past

where Deacon Hayes or

John Coble is resting,

and cuts across

a field harvested forty

seven times, before

passing through

regrown oaks

and crossing the creek

to find a buckshot

wounded windmill

forever trading rhetoric

with the wind.

~ Greg German

(Previously Published in Touchstone, 1983, Fall/Winter)

Greg German was born and raised near Glen Elder, in north central Kansas, where he farmed with his family for many years. He currently lives in Kansas City, Kansas, with his wife Regina and son, Alden. He is a private consultant specializing in technical communication, website development, free-lance writing and photography. He holds a B.A. degree in English/Creative writing and a B.S. in Education from Kansas State University. Previously, Greg has taught high school English and creative writing at both the high school and college levels. He developed and maintains — a website unique to Kansas Poets. Greg’s poetry and personal essays have appeared in over 50 literary journals across the U.S.

Pat Daneman has lived in Lenexa, Kansas since 1986. Recent work appears on the art and literature website, Escape Into Life, in The Moon City Review, I-70 Review, Bellevue Poetry Review, and The Comstock Review. Her chapbook, Where the World Begins, was published in 2015 by Finishing Line Press.


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