Bio Note: In 1976, I moved with my family to Fairbanks, Alaska to teach for a year in the creative writing program at the University of Alaska. I’m still there. I’ve published seven books of poetry, as well as a collection of essays.
Time Off From Bad Behavior
An outlaw can’t be outdoors all winter long. He needs to go home to his wife, sit around, drink cocoa on the couch. It is night somewhere deep in the last century. There are more stars over Kansas than marshals at Fort Knox. Time to plot the next great raid. Time to relax in the pure pleasures of the criminal mind. Those shadows slinking down by the edge of the field: cows from the Capital of Missteps, or some would-be brave neighbors scouting a reward. No one comes within range. Who has the gumption to face a man with a smile so quick all you’ll see is the bottom of the sky falling into your lap as his jaunty dog lopes by.
©2021 John Morgan
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