By Kenneth Pobo

I meet Napoleon in the Sears 
automotive store.  He’s looking 
famous and dyspeptic beside tires.   

I ask how he feels.  He blurts
that he’s had a sad couple 
of hundred years, loathes being 
locked up in history books 
or made into movies.  

I say he’s a nasty man 
and because of him many died  
burning in Moscow.  He says 
he doesn’t remember that.  
Where’s Moscow?  
Trees sucked up his memory.  
He lifts an eyebrow, a hairy  
butterfly.  Ron the cashier 
flutters around another customer.  
We watch the butterfly 
change colors, a stoplight 
red, then yellow, then green,
beneath a cracked ceiling.  

Kenneth Pobo is the author of twenty-one chapbooks and nine full-length collections.  Recent books include Bend of Quiet (Blue Light Press), Loplop in a Red City (Circling Rivers), Dindi Expecting Snow (Duck Lake Books), Uneven Steven (Assure Press), Sore Points (Finishing Line Press), and Lilac and Sawdust (Meadowlark Press). Opening is forthcoming from Rectos Y Versos Editions. Human rights issues, especially as they relate to the LGBTQIA+ community, are also a constant presence in his work.  In addition to poetry, he also writes fiction and essays.  For the past thirty-plus years he taught at Widener University and retired in 2020.

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