Geographic Center

As fallen leaves
collected on the ground
Lori refused
to rake them up
arguing
before man and rakes
leaves blanketed
the ground
from sea
to shining sea
then she went
on a tangent
about pine needles
in conifer forests
and no leaves
on the vast prairies
that are now corn
and wheat fields
grown in states
that line up
north to south
with Lebanon
Kansas.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney

Positive

Paul lifted a baseball bat
swung it downward
and smashed a bar of soap.

He felt it betrayed him
and had to feel
the consequences
of his positive covid results.

He felt no better
for all the soap fragments
and their exploded grenade
shrapnel pattern.

Paul packed a small
cotton bag
with fresh pine needles
to remind him
of the outdoors he loved
while he convalesced.

copyright © 2022 Kenneth P. Gurney