Poetry: Travis Stephens’s “one less”

////Poetry: Travis Stephens’s “one less”

Travis Stephens


one less

“Pyramids” by Fabien Beuchet

Because Tuesday
lacks the gravity

of Monday

to arrive late

on Tuesday

is not a crime.
Today the fog
held the vines
close at hand,
the face of the Bay


Enough to pause
the interminable
commute, pull over
and side road.


An unnamed brook
masking traffic,

the noise of
and profit.
Who can calculate
the cost of

one less worker?

In the maw of
the world’s
eighth economy
the public radio
recommends a series
of programs.
The brook listens &
murmurs assent.

I am late, boss,

but not sorry.
Have we learned yet
to monetize leisure
that doesn’t smell

of plastic,

or regret?


About the writer:
Travis Stephens was raised on a dairy farm. He earned a degree at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, before departing for the West Coast. A sea captain, he now resides in California. Recent credits include Stoneboat Review, Crosswinds Poetry Journal, Southword, Havik, Apeiron Review, and Pennsylvania English. Online his was a Poem of the Week for Silver Needle Press and poems have appeared in Ink & Voices, Rue Scribe Sheila-Na-Gig, and HCE Review.

Image:  “Pyramids” by Fabien Beuchet. Gouache on paper. 11.7 x 8.3 inches. By permission. Beuchet is an artist, teacher, and art critic born in France, who has expertise in painting, photography, art history and art criticism.




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