Kendra Steiner Editions (Bill Shute)

August 21, 2007

a poem to celebrate the new school year

Filed under: Uncategorized — kendrasteinereditions @ 12:07 am

Now that schools are starting to get back in session, I thought I’d trot out this old piece of mine, “Just Like That,”  from the chapbook BLUE BOTTLE. Hope you enjoy it…(I’ve reformatted it a bit because the original layout cannot be replicated on this blog…the content is still there, however)



every time         

                     a fresh graduate               

                                               of San Antonio College                    

                                                                                  crosses the stage                           

                                                                                                               into the waiting arms 

                                                              of the US Military   

   or the Border Patrol    

or the FBI              

          or the Dallas police force     

ensnared by a recruiter’s lofty phrases    

and bankable promises          

(paid rent          

 paid health care          

 paid education          


a mother’s heart shatters    

  a father “comes to terms” with the situation          

alcohol sales rise  

a missing piece is fitted into     the military-industrial complex   jigsaw puzzle 

the final picture can be projected         but, fortunately, not yet fully seen                   not yet

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