GOLD BRACELET

Principal Wyler dedicates

the new school library

to deceased Latin teacher

Rosalee Howe, pumping out

kind words, no mention of

conjugation bombs lobbed

at bored kids.

 

I sit beside her estranged

husband Pete.  She was my Aunt

so I’m here too.  I keep feeling

a shoulder tap, is it her?,

still wearing that fake

gold bracelet—

should I be scared?

 

She doesn’t follow me out,

returns to death as I return

to Dairy Queen.

 

 

 

A Hiker

discovers a skeleton,

probably a woman,

after walking

from our road

Into the state

park—authorities ask

about missing persons

over the past

several years

a half an hour

from where

 

we separate

your underwear

from mine

and Skype

with a friend

from Illinois.


Kenneth Pobo had a book out in 2017 from Circling Rivers called Loplop in a Red it. Forthcoming from Clare Songbird Press is a book of his prose poems called The Antlantis Hit Parade.

 

May 8, 2018

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