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Remember: a poem a day keeps the doldrums away!
Where hay was stored,
there are birds
now in the
They come and go
through lost boards.
Lights of sky
break the chorus
The rains come,
They fly in and out
of this place.
They have waited,
knowing it has
just to them.
From Driving Home (Aldrich Press, 2013).
Used here with the author’s permission.
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Jim Gustafson says, “Though I am old and ‘wear the bottom of my trousers rolled,’ I am a student in the MFA program at the University of Tampa.” After a career as a clergyman and, later, a radio station manager, Jim is now focused on writing. His first book of poems, Driving Home, was released by Aldrich Press in January, 2013. Jim lives in Fort Myers, Florida; learn more about him at www.jimgustafson.com.