Runway grass blowing in rivers.

Tiny marking flags rippling

straight in jagged salutes.


The TV and videos,

the everywhere-you-turn

chatter — daggers.


Tears and wailing

in a concourse, at a briefing,

in the morning,

in a week,

in a year.


Runway grass growing,

flags pointing,

photos in frames.




Jim Bohen is a poet and songwriter/singer living in St. Paul, Minnesota. His poems have appeared in the Pinyon Review, the Minnesota Daily, the Red Paint Hill Poetry Journal, Jenny, and elsewhere. He seeks a publisher for his poetry manuscript In Transit. The music CD he produced, Never Too Late, contains his vocals on twelve of the hundreds of songs he’s written. Samples can be heard at iTunes and CD Baby; search for “JB and the Phantom Band.”