Jim Landwehr… Good Bye, Student Body



More and more it seems that
every day I whisper goodbye
to my wife and my children
for tomorrow is a dice shake
yesterday a shooting star
caught in a sideways glance.
It took the loss of a brother
at a young age to cancer
to learn this truth
and see the light and wisdom
of right here and present now.
Because as a poet once said
we are born leaving
and I would argue that
it didn’t stop there, the leaving.
While I love my life
in its fullness and
I can’t help but think that
every day I am whispering
a little louder – goodbye.

Student Body

In an American history class
sits a ten year old boy
focused on the sheen of
her brunette hair
the girl the next desk over.
It cascades down her neck
falling like so much water
and crashing on the rocks
of her shoulders below.
Combed in fine columns
a hair thick, each one
in exactly the right place.
If he breathes deep enough
he can smell her cologne
her scent like lavender and velvet.
If only she saw him.
If only he were not so shy,
they might become something
the two of them and her hair.
As the teacher drones on
about the winter at Valley Forge
the boy dreams about
the valley of her neck
knowing that these thoughts
are not condoned and
more likely deviant sparking
his own revolutionary kind of war.

Jim has a published book, Dirty Shirt: A Boundary Waters Memoir, and two poetry collections. His nonfiction has been published in Main Street Rag, and others. His poetry has been published in many different journals. Jim currently resides in Waukesha, WI.

Web: http://www.jimlandwehr.com
Blog: http://www.writerjimlandwehr.com


Copyright © 2017 by Jim Landwehr


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