of webs before dawn, the larger betrayals
in rifle scopes and theodolites.
Silk sticks to eyebrows, snags the optic
nerve on the target, the web exacting
as the river cannot be
for all its division, its splitting
of the town and the town’s
people, the shuffle and deal
of economic gunslingers, the separation
of sand and rock and timber.
River people know the currents,
the eddies and twists, the meander
that makes and unmakes the sandbar,
the hydraulics that wear on the dam.
Spider people spin cables into space,
lower girders onto pier caps, weave
the riven together, seductive, blinding,
crossing over to snare the day.
~ Stephen Bunch
Stephen Bunch can be found on the Map of Kansas Literature, next door to L. Frank Baum and Gwendolyn Brooks. It must be added, however, that property values plummeted when he moved into that neighborhood. His chapbook, Preparing to Leave, is available from The Lives You Touch Publications