You Will Find It — By James Benger

in the dark warmth

and unsung beauty

of small town back alleys,


behind the grocery stores

as the overnight crew

burns one by the door,


in the midnight breeze

rustling the high branches

of the downtown park,


on the lips of the lovers

lying momentarily silent

in the aftermath,


under the bleachers

where forgotten promises

percolate for eternity,


underneath the overturned car

forever remaining

in the overgrown ditch,


in the middle pages

of yesterday’s news

fermenting for future poignancy,


in the man’s eyes

as he ladles out more soup

at the shelter,


in the decaying final note

of her thrift store guitar

on Saturday night,


on the often silent tongues

of anyone seeking

anything more.


You will find it

if you open your eyes,

and if you’re lucky,

it will find you.

~ James Benger

James Benger is the author of two fiction ebooks, and three chapbooks, one full-length, and coauthor of three split books of poetry. He is on the Board of Directors of The Writers Place and the Riverfront Readings Committee, and is the founder of the 365 Poems In 365 Days online workshop, and is Editor In Chief of the subsequent anthology series. He lives in Kansas City with his wife and children.


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