Poetry: Richard Atwood’s “Kansas”

///Poetry: Richard Atwood’s “Kansas”

Richard Atwood



“Cool Morning on the Prairie” by Junius R. Sloan

I feel the tall earth, and the flat
wind—cold, so cold
you could break your teeth—
and the heat, when the sun
comes in full before July

the stretch of the sky, a thousand
colors a day—the quickening light
dropped deep and wide… and in the
the dark, lone whistle
of sleep, a freight across the plain

and all I dreamed, going further
than the sound, the rails—
the stars caught
down in ground-ebony, a blue
to match the spot your eyes might

and always: in the slant of heaven
paralyzed by the rainbow.


About the writer:
Born in Baltimore, Rick Atwood has lived in Los Angeles and Denver and currently resides in Wichita, Kansas. He has published three books of poetry– You, My Love, How Deep the Pain Goes Quiet, After, and  Death and Morning. He has also been published in several literary journals and has authored 3 screenplays, 2 large stage plays, and a novel. Atwood is retired from the health-care field.

Image: A Cool Morning on the Prairie” by Junius R. Sloan (1827-1900). Oil on canvas. 1866. Public domain.



By | 2018-12-18T12:47:14+00:00 December 18th, 2018|LITERARY ARTS, Poetry|