A boy in Illinois plants dahlias
instead of touchdowns. Some blooms
get so large that to an ant
they look like Jupiter. Often
he feels like an ant. A vast sky
slides through his ant spirit.
Another ant calls him. He answers.
Winter taps their line and hears
how spring will murder icicles.
Dulcet Tones Trying to Check In
A high school senior in the fall of 1971.
These were great days, I was told—
I’d never be this happy again. Maybe
happiness is a hotel room,
chocolates on the bed,
only it burns down
before I check in.
Kenneth Pobo is the author of twenty-one chapbooks and nine full-length collections. Recent books include Bend of Quiet (Blue Light Press), Loplop in a Red City (Circling Rivers), Dindi Expecting Snow (Duck Lake Books), Wingbuds, and Uneven Steven (Assure Press).Opening is forthcoming from Rectos Y Versos Editions.Human rights issues, especially as they relate to the LGBTQIA+ community, are also a constant presence in his work. In addition to poetry, he also writes fiction and essays. For the past thirty-plus years he taught at Widener University and retired in 2020.