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SHJ Issue 18
Spring 2018


by Bob Elmendorf

What if all this time I have been seeing things
in the wrong light the rainbows squiggled 
in an oiled puddle absent from wrong angle
the grackle attired in an atrabilious funereal
coat of many colors blue and purple the hue
of resurrection the meadow brook carrying
the unrinseable pigment of the sky on its surface


SHJ Issue 18
Spring 2018

Bob Elmendorf’s

work has been published in 35 magazines, most recently in Little Star where four of his poems appear. He was a member of poetry workshops for 20 years and gives a reading every few years. He has taught Latin and Biblical Greek pro bono for three decades. During the past dozen years, he’s taught 15-20 home-schooled teens the works of Vergil, Catullus, Ovid, and Horace, along with a bit of Sappho.

“...we have been born here to witness and celebrate. We wonder at our purpose for living. Our purpose
is to perceive the fantastic. Why have a universe if there is no audience?” — Ray Bradbury