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Three Powers poems

Arthur Powers
Arthur Powers

Small Business Man

  • He says it’s for money – they all do.
  • Hypocrites, you know, in their small way,
  • pretending to be more worldly than they are.
  • He works morning, noon, afternoon, far
  • into the night – sleeps – the next day
  • gets up early in the morning, starts again –
  • thinking, solving, creating as he works –
  • How can we make this better? How
  • to leverage…? What new idea…?
  • Next time you pass it on the street –
  • Sam’s Pizza, or Lombardy’s Muffler,
  • or the Kit Kat Koffee Klatch –
  • remember it’s not money you’re passing,
  • but a life, a vision, a big shining loved
  • irritating cared for goddam dream.

The Bomber Pilot

  • for J. M.
  • He said it was a game
  • where you watched little puffs
  • of explosion and cheered
  • when the train, the bridge,
  • the factory powdered into
  • a target. You never thought
  • of life, he said, cushioned
  • high on safety, until one day
  • the planes to right and left
  • cracked into rockets and
  • the buddies you’d beered
  • last night snuffed out,
  • and suddenly your jet,
  • its wasped wings useless,
  • plummeted earthward.

Pilgrims

  • (2 friends move to England)
  • Doing their small part to undo
  • what the Mayflower wrought, they sailed
  • east across the Atlantic
  • and, on July first, landed to
  • fight the forest and catch the beast
  • (he stalked the rounds of the newspapers;
  • she taught.) Standing alone on the strange
  • land, they thought the least
  • they could do was their small part
  • (carving a new world)
  • to discover America.

Arthur Powers’s poetry chapbook, Edgewater, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. He has also authored The Book of Jotham (Tuscany Press) — winner of the 2012 Tuscany Novella Prize — and A Hero for the People (Press 53) — winner of the 2014 Catholic Arts & Literature Award.

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Arthur Powers
Arthur Powers

Small Business Man

  • He says it’s for money – they all do.
  • Hypocrites, you know, in their small way,
  • pretending to be more worldly than they are.
  • He works morning, noon, afternoon, far
  • into the night – sleeps – the next day
  • gets up early in the morning, starts again –
  • thinking, solving, creating as he works –
  • How can we make this better? How
  • to leverage…? What new idea…?
  • Next time you pass it on the street –
  • Sam’s Pizza, or Lombardy’s Muffler,
  • or the Kit Kat Koffee Klatch –
  • remember it’s not money you’re passing,
  • but a life, a vision, a big shining loved
  • irritating cared for goddam dream.

The Bomber Pilot

  • for J. M.
  • He said it was a game
  • where you watched little puffs
  • of explosion and cheered
  • when the train, the bridge,
  • the factory powdered into
  • a target. You never thought
  • of life, he said, cushioned
  • high on safety, until one day
  • the planes to right and left
  • cracked into rockets and
  • the buddies you’d beered
  • last night snuffed out,
  • and suddenly your jet,
  • its wasped wings useless,
  • plummeted earthward.

Pilgrims

  • (2 friends move to England)
  • Doing their small part to undo
  • what the Mayflower wrought, they sailed
  • east across the Atlantic
  • and, on July first, landed to
  • fight the forest and catch the beast
  • (he stalked the rounds of the newspapers;
  • she taught.) Standing alone on the strange
  • land, they thought the least
  • they could do was their small part
  • (carving a new world)
  • to discover America.

Arthur Powers’s poetry chapbook, Edgewater, is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press. He has also authored The Book of Jotham (Tuscany Press) — winner of the 2012 Tuscany Novella Prize — and A Hero for the People (Press 53) — winner of the 2014 Catholic Arts & Literature Award.

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