The Saline Courier Weekend
By Dennis Patton
powdering her nose morning snow deepens on garden statue
— Sue Watson, Benton
Lord, bless this day with love and wisdom as you bless it with the sun anoint each hour with joy and gladness and when the day is done enfold us in velvet darkness to dream of blessings yet to come.
— Olive Mobley, Benton
winter morning sun backlighting a branch of wind-blown oak leaves — Pat Laster, Benton
THE BULL RIDER
There once was a bull rider named Brown who said, “I’m the best rider around.”
He climbed on Dynamite then got bucked out of sight, maybe someday he’ll come back down.
Milan Allinson, Deceased
Bitter cold? Buy a coat, in Arkansas!
Wrap the pipes, in Arkansas!
What! Five degrees? Is it real news? In Arkansas!
For two cold days?
— Cathy Parker, Alexander
CAN’T TOUCH HIM
You almost had me trodden, Underfoot, Destroyed, Discouraged,
You certainly had me rattled.
Oh, but Devil, my faith is strong, Grounded,
You certainly had it stretched.
My God is bigger than you, Unyielding,
You certainly can’t touch Him.
You’d be a devil if you tried.
— Laura Bridges, Hot Springs
THE COLD IS OVERBEARING
It’s cold outside,
I do declare -it would not matter if I were a bear!
— Lisa Frazier, Sherwood
morning arrived with a brightness and new snow
— Dennis Patton, Alexander
To submit poems for publication, please send poems of 16 or fewer lines to Dennis Patton, 2512 Springhill Circle, Alexander, AR 72002, or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Saline County Branch of PRA is scheduled to meet January 28, 1:00 pm, at the Parkview United Methodist Church, 514 North Border Street, Benton.