Dale Hensarling

Baker’s Farm

chem cloud rising
black and boiling
over near Baker’s farm today
early thunder shook the ground
where the cows were eating hay
hurry now
grab the children
we must be … Read more

10,000%

to your next bite of uni sushi

The name sunflower sea star
is more precise than starfish,
the twenty-four-legged creature
not being a fish. The sea star,
which devours sea … Read more

Summer Creek

stumbling down dry-leaf trails on summer creek
— I dare not touch the water.
fish scales dry on sandy dunes,
on jagged banks like druid runes,
the smell is harsh, … Read more

Holiday

the day
     is in danger of passing without wickedness
                –Frank O’Hara, “Washington Square”

let’s hope tomorrow’s the day
when the substitute newscasters have nothing to say

when everybody everywhere … Read more

On Time

Each night, as the world sleeps, I think. Of Time. Of men and women. Boys and girls. Battleships and battlefields. Wounds that do not heal. Of them — the crochet … Read more

Miracle

Life lies cocooned, amidst
collapsed concrete and mangled steel;
Breathing, sighing, waiting;
Hungry, helpless, wailing…
The dead surround by hundreds,
Thousands, tens of thousands

Yet, a new life lies cocooned,… Read more

Ask Your Doctor About

Torn between the vault toilet in one direction and a trail in the other, I, too, want to choose adventure. I want to hike and wander and frolic, intestines weightless, … Read more

Spy Balloon

 

So, it has come to this:
the sky is filled with treacherous
balloons from the Far East
and I thought the Hindenburg age
had passed

Did you know
that … Read more

Anointed

 for Tyre Nichols

Because they did not see his crown
Because we see it now
Another nobody heading somewhere
Cornered not too far from home
Though farther from than ever… Read more

NIGHTMARE

 after “We Lived Happily During the War” by Ilya Kaminsky

We sent pop guns, but not
the right kind.

We sent firehoses, but too late
to help.

In our shiny … Read more

Homelessness in Denver

 

Amidst the bustling streets, where life moves fast,
There walks a man who’s been living in the past.
With an intimate knowledge of Denver’s roads,
He’s spent eleven years … Read more