I Spend My Time Now


I spend my time now
watching people leave,
pull out of driveways
in their sad cars,
waving like an elephant
separated from its herd
and wandering alone
on the dusty plains.


They come, they go.
They come, they go.
They no longer come.


I envision myself
that lonely pachyderm
dead in the bush,
no one to hide my bones.





About the Author

Richard Brobst was co-founder and served as co-editor of the poetry journal, ALBATROSS, from 1987-2000. He has published three chapbooks as well as a number of poems in journals, reviews and anthologies, including Pembroke Magazine, California Quarterly, and Southern Poetry Review. He is a retired English teacher who now acts as an animal activist.