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Fall/Winter 2017

J.T. Knoll


blackbirds carve cold air
in tai chi grace above me
winter is coming

november moonlight
holding my black lab’s deep sigh
i forget myself

nightfall in driveway
basketball hoop disappears
time to eat supper

morning freezing rain
spruce trees bending low in yard
whom do they bow to

neighbor’s patio
black and white metal chair sits
like old trappist monk

winter wind blowing
across kansas plains aches for
one branch to caress

locomotive om
sounds through heavy winter fog
morning diesel chant

winter's first snowfall
walking with my labrador
our tracks a helix


J. T. Knoll, a native of the Republic of Frontenac, Kansas, is a counselor, prize-winning newspaper columnist, poet and speaker. “Ghost Sign,” his recent collaboration with three other Southeast Kansas poets, was selected as a 2017 Kansas Notable Book. He lives in Pittsburg on Euclid’s Curve, with his wife, Linda, and dog, Arlo the Labradorian.



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