Two Poems by Robert King

AT THE END OF THE ICE-AGE IN WYOMING

Mid-morning, a woman in a yellow blouse
and shorts stands on the wooden deck

of her double-wide, hands up
behind her hair, head lifted

to the sun and the clouds, drinking in
the blue spaces of the morning,

unaware of the Interstate
down which I quickly disappear

from her secret glorious life.

______________________

A COMPLETE HISTORY OF AMERICA IN 85 WORDS

(from a plaque near the Tampa Convention Center)

Near this spot–on the shore of the bay–
stood a large Timuquan Temple Mound.

Before Christ. One city-block long, fifty feet high:
temples and residences of chiefs and shamans.

Ft. Brooke soldiers in the 1840’s used
a tall Gumbo Limbo tree here as a lookout.

Ladies of the post enjoyed ice-cream parties
at the summit in a beautiful Chinese pavilion.

After the Army withdrew in 1882, the mound
was razed to fill the Jackson Street ditch

which extended from Marion Street
to the Hillsborough river.

5 Responses to “Two Poems by Robert King”

  1. Robert King, represented in a wide variety of magazines, has published five chapbooks. His first full-length book, Old Man Laughing, was a finalist for the 2008 Colorado Book Award in poetry. Retired, he lives in Greeley, Colorado, where he directs the Colorado Poets Center (www.ColoradoPoetsCenter.org)

  2. John Dorsey Says:

    Scot,

    These are some of the best poems you’ve ever posted here at the Rusty Truck, Robert I hope you see this comment and post your e-mail address because I’d like to ask you for some poems for a project I’m working on.

    John

  3. these poems are about as compact as you can get–big statements in small spaces

  4. Very nice poems. I love the minimalism.

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