We could use poems right now – Hari Bhajan Khalsa

We could use poems right now
dropped under the headlines,
no, as the headlines, in the center

of the sports page. Poems
as crossword puzzles, comic
strips; the weather according

to Whitman, predicted to be green
and grassy. Obituaries in iambic
pentameter. Neruda’s ode to oranges,

salt that sings, in the food
section. Movie reviews in sonnet
form; haiku for short subjects.

In the back pages, the police
blotter with an editorial note
by Langston Hughes: “Yes I was

a good boy / Never done no
wrong / But this world is
weary / And the road is long.”

                                           Note: Excerpt from the L.H. poem: “Po Boy Blues”

Hari B KhalsaHari Bhajan Khalsa’s poems have been published in Cordella Magazine/Field Notes, Birdcoat Quarterly, Potomac Review, Schuylkill Valley Journal and Transcend, among others, as well as forth coming in Iris Literary Journal, The Blue Earth, and Sand Hills Literary Journal. She is the author of a chapbook, Life in Two Parts (Main Street Rag, 2010) and a book of poems, Talk of Snow (Walrus, 2015).