February 15-21, 2021: Poetry from Don Krieger and David Oates

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Don Krieger​

Don Krieger is a biomedical researcher whose focus is the electric activity within the brain. He is author of the hybrid collection, “Discovery,” a 2020 Pushcart nominee, and a 2020 Creative Nonfiction Foundation Science-as-Story Fellow. His work has appeared in American Journal of Nursing, Neurology, Seneca Review, The Asahi Shimbun, The Blue Nib, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and others, and has been anthologized in English and Farsi.

The following work is Copyright © 2021, and owned by Don Krieger​ and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

Martha’s Dowry and George’s Will

…he was one of the few … who was not
carried away by power. – Robert Frost

He was eleven,
heir to the family farm
and ten slaves. Later that year
he bought eight more,
and yet another seven
as a young man.

He lived
three generations. At his death
he owned one hundred
twenty-three,

and one hundred, fifty-three more,
Martha’s dowry doubled
in their twenty-year marriage,
His and Hers, hers hostage
to the law, destined
for return to her first husband’s heirs.

George’s death
freed his own
though he left it to Martha
to sign their deeds.

He was our first King
in all but name,

principled and elegant
said Abigail Adams.

David Oates

David Oates is the host and producer of Wordland, a radio program of poetry, fiction, spoken word, and comedy, on WUGA FM and wuga.org in Athens, Georgia. He’s worked as a teacher and s a newspaper reporter. As well as spoken word and slam, he has performed improv, sketch, and standup comedy. His stories and poems have been published in many magazines, newspapers, and websites.  His books are Night of the Potato (fiction and poetry), Shifting with My Sandwich Hand, Drunken Robins, and The Deer’s Bandanna (the last three, haiku). Some of his work is published on the web in Prune Juice and failed haiku magazines and in The Living Senryu Anthology site. Visit David on the web here.

The following work is Copyright © 2021, and owned by David Oates and may not be distributed or reprinted in any form whatsoever without written permission from the author.

What If the Gun Says No

What if the gun says no
what if the fist won’t clench
what if the missiles won’t release
their grip on the fighter’s wing

What if the bomb stays whole
in the bomber’s vest
and the policeman’s club
turns soft as feathers
in his palm

What if tear gas turns sweet,
a vegan shark
carries a sailor to shore,
and the guard dog licks
when the man says “kill”

Yes, What if the gun says
……..(in the middle of the argument)
the gun says
……..(when he finds he’s been cheated)
the gun says
……..(in the crucial instant)
No