On Seeing On the Tow Path—A Halt
Theodore Robinson, where is your boy
in brown cap, brown coat, brown britches
rambling to down a dirt pathway?
If a snake slinked in front of his horses,
I bet he’d handclasp the reins
as the white and brown brutes trample greenery
dabbed on a steep mountain slope.
He’d hock spittle and brush off his pant legs
before casting again a dogged stare
that your brush arrested in the minute
when he might’ve looked back
at his rundown daddy who decided it was time
for a son’s journey under blue laundered sky,
the morning a boy becomes a man.
Kevin J. McDaniel
Kevin J. McDaniel's poems have appeared in Artemis Journal, Cloudbank, Evening Street Review, Free State Review, Good Works Review, Illuminations, Sand Hills, Temenos, The Ocean State Review, The Offbeat, and others. He is the author of two chapbooks, Family Talks (Finishing Line Press, 2017) and At the Foot of a Mountain (Old Seventy Creek Press, 2018), in addition to a forthcoming book of poetry, Rubbernecking (Main Street Rag Publishing, 2019).
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