By Larry Rochelle
next to weather maps
spread outward from oak chairs,
near power pinnacles,
lie orifices of the poor, most
bleeding from blows struck
for freedom, blows too granite-tough
to avoid, night
wounds in the middle of poverty,
votes of constituents blunted by
whispered corridor words,
and nothing counted after all.
- Larry Rochelle, author of "I Got Da Ever Lovin' KC Blues," is a Johnson County Community College English professor.