A small light appeared

behind the TV newscaster

on the map of fill-in-the-blank

to show the place where the

bombs had dropped that day.


When the light flashed,

my two-year-old nephew

pointed quick,

said, “Oh, star!”

and smiled at me.




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.”