The Pivot

a red barn against a green field,
doors open, light

streaming in, revealing
bales of hay stacked on top of each other,

five rows deep. a silver silo
beside the barn. a flock of Canadian geese

in V formation overhead. in the background,
a skipjack sailing across flat blue water,

deck wide and low, white sails full, bowsprit
pointing the way.

Bob Kirkley was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He received a BA in philosophy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and an MA in creative writing from Florida State University. He just completed his twenty-fourth year of teaching high school English in South Florida. “One, Two, Three, Banana,” a short story, was published in the April 2018 issue of Adelaide Literary Magazine, and “At the Jimmy Buffett Show” was a finalist for the 2020 Adelaide Literary Award in poetry. An avid paddleboarder, he explores the waters of the Florida Keys regularly.

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