Produced by Dennis Camire

This week’s poem is by Jason Grundstrom-Whitney of Monmouth.


Ridin’ Hard to Santa Fe (3)

By Jason Grundstrom-Whitney


all fur and claws

‘let ’em shoot me,’ I thought



saw a family in a

dumpster once

best act of fatherhood

I ever saw



kind gentle eyes

feeding his family

nothing for himself


when discovered

he was chased and beaten


as his family ran to safety

St. Survival I called him


‘hell, they even chase

their own kind

from dumpsters


might as well tempt fate,’ I thought


I jumped into the rusted

steel container

‘let ’em shoot,’ I said

to myself as I smacked loudly


on day-old honey-glazed



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