a poem by Dennis Paul Wilken

The meanness pours off some faces
Like a bullet speeding from the barrel of a gun,
Just as beauty shines out of other, gentler eyes;
We are a species owing much
To both heaven and hell
Without truly knowing
Which camp is ours,
Often ending up
With whatever side
Will have us.

Dennis P. Wilken is a veteran journalist and former writer for Cincinnati Magazine. Most recently his poetry has appeared in Word Riot, Madswirl and his editorials in Pacific Publishing publications. His last chapbook, Sweat Off the Diamond, was published in 2009. He lives in Seattle, Washington where he is a Contributing Editor for Commonline.