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Swat by Kenneth Pobo

Aunt Stokesia gave this very

gorgeous morning complete

with sun and a lulling breeze

with pink lily buds bopping open

when it seemed even last night

that they’d stay tight at least

until Wednesday and no one ran

a clattery lawn mower that whirrs


so badly you want to get in the car

and run the mowing guy down

knowing you were only protecting

a sweet silence that any good

morning deserves a swat on its blue-sky behind

and morning continued to be

exquisite and Aunt Stokesia soon

would get in her Toyota and

drive to work where she opened

and closed files on a coffee-stained desk


that tiny ants walked on until

her index finger squashed them

one by one.


Kenneth Pobo has a new book forthcoming from Clare Songbirds Publishing House called The Antlantis Hit Parade. His work has appeared in: Hawaii Review, Amsterdam Review, The Queer South Anthology, Nimrod, and elsewhere.

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