Autumn Sky Poetry - Number 1

The Program

No witness is protected.
Some who see
drop from sight.
Others remain visible
but go blind or mad.
You may be confined to your house,
the stainless kitchen waiting
with sharp edges, your sleep broken by rats
gnawing in bedroom walls.
You may retire to a rotting climate,
a corrupt latitude of rainy afternoons
and thick starless nights.
Weeks may pass, or years,
before you are called.
Or the call may never come.
But each time the telephone rings
you will remember
what you saw.
You will close your eyes
and answer.

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Stephen Bunch

Stephen Bunch lives in Lawrence, Kansas. His work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including Phoenix Papers: 26 Lawrence Poets, Sparks of Fire: Blake in a New Age, Confluence, White Pine Journal, The Vanderbilt Review, 30 Kansas Poets, and Cottonwood Review. From 1978 to 1988, he edited and published Tellus, a little magazine that featured work by Jack Anderson, Harley Elliott, Jane Hirshfield, Denise Low, Max Martins (translations by James Bogan), Paul Metcalf, and many others. Under the Tellus imprint he also published a collection of poems by Victor Contoski (A Kansas Sequence) and a chapbook by Donald Levering (Carpool).

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© 2006 Stephen Bunch