a three-quarter moon
seeps through the husk of clouds
the color of rust and bruises,
edges tinged in the least hint of a sunset
that passed a half-hour earlier.
Still soaked from afternoon rain,
the black locust tree, thornless,
droops slender limbs and small leaves
against the pale stillness
of the western sky,
its stark silhouette graceful and delicate.
Lush as April
on the first Thursday of August,
a blend of perennial rye and bluegrass
passes into the darkness
shaded beneath the trees
on the eastern side of the slope
that leads to the neighbor’s place.
There is a peace
in the passing of the storm
and even a hard rain
leaves some gain in the ground.
Already, the tomato plants
have started to straighten
from the pounding of wind and water.
the moon gleams
from a break in the clouds
and I see clearly
the path from the barn to the house.
~ Doc Arnett
Doc Arnett teaches Creative Writing and directs Institutional Research at the oldest college in Kansas, Highland Community College. He and his wife of twenty-five years, Randa, live in Doniphan, Kansas. A Kentucky native, Doc enjoys writing, singing, remodeling and watching Randa enjoy her Rocky Mountain Horse, Gospel Ryder’s Lil Journey.
Jose Faus is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and independent teacher. He is a founding member of the Latino Writers Collective and sits on the boards of the Latino Writers Collective, UMKC Friends of the Library, Charlotte Street Foundation and is president of the board of The Writers Place. His first book of poetry This Town Like That was published in 2015. The full-length poetry collection The Life and Times of Jose Calderon is forthcoming from 39 Street Press.