Dispersing Luck

April wind whips tumbleweeds

across the plains of Santa Fe.

Some wedge in barbed wire fences,

others bounce along I-25

like children playing hopscotch.

Maybe that is what happens

to the souls of the dead. They travel

unfettered, gather the detritus of life

as they journey from ocean

to mountain to desert.


What we call luck

might be what a soul grabs

from one person as it passes,

delivers to another on its way out of town,

the way tumbleweed disperses seeds

as it spins across the plains.



Since You Asked

You want to know why I don’t

watch the news. The anchor

lays out local stories the way

a casino dealer reveals

the house hand. Puppy attacked

by machete-wielding neighbor,

three children dead in house fire,

college lacrosse player murdered.


You want to know why I don’t

read the newspaper. Train derails

in India, more than 70 killed.

U.S. military dead in Afghanistan

hits 1,000. Robbers distract

victims at cash machines,

squirt them with feces

before stealing their money.


You want to know how I spend

my time. I listen to Simon and

Garfunkel in the car, read poetry

out loud in the evening,

line breaks punctuated

by the call and response

of songbirds in my back yard.


Nina Bennett


Nina Bennett  is the author of Forgotten Tears A Grandmother’s Journey Through Grief. In 2006 she was selected to participate in a master writer’s retreat with the poet laureate of Delaware, sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts. Nina’s poetry has appeared in publications including Drash:Northwest Mosaic, Pulse, Alehouse, Panache, Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, The Smoking Poet, Oranges & Sardines, Philadelphia Stories, Pirene’s Fountain, The Broadkill Review, and the anthologies Mourning Sickness and Spaces Between Us: Poetry, Prose and Art on HIV/AIDS.

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