Fall/Winter 2016

Ken Hada


In darkness
I listen to blues on a radio:
Mississippi John Hurt: “make me
a pallet on your floor” …

Lightning flashes outside, thunder
a short distance away.

Some darkness
is friendly, like a cup of tea.

You learn something
in the dark –

                                – fringes of light

you write down some words
you hope they like to hear
in New York

in New York
where darkness never comes
and thunder lingers
like a dream.


Ken Hada has published six collections of poetry, including his two latest: Persimmon Sunday (VAC, 2015) and Margaritas & Redfish (Lamar UP, 2013). He has received national awards for poetry from the Western Writers of America and the National Western Heritage Museum. Reviews and information available at www.kenhada.org




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