A Conversation in Poetry

by John Samuel Tieman

Walter Bargen, Missouri’s first Poet Laureate, is the author of five books of poetry. I met Walter when we served on the Literature Panel of the Missouri Arts Council. This exchange happened over the internet from 20 – 22 October 2011.

jst

after making love
by a small and nameless stream
she misses Pine Street

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wb

All day in bright sun
Willow leaves
Reflect upon the water.

Car window down
Autumn leaves on the driver’s seat
Going places.

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jst

this pigeon is caught
in my class — it shits on my
grade book then escapes

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wb

Late for its final meeting
A dragonfly
Skims autumn’s dark surface.

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jst

even the robin
left it untouched – the one
raisin on our porch

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wb

On the first turn
the engine purrs.
Time to let the cat out.

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