Thomas Edison Dahlia by Kenneth Pobo

Photo by Rob Dutcher

Photo by Dutcher Photography


No defining, no boxing up
that purple. Some blobby
gardening catalogues describe it.
Maybe Edison loved dahlias,
his namesake dashing around
in purple underpants—
the sun doesn’t turn away.
The moon keeps alert—
the kitchen’s electric light
fierce against the dark
when dahlias push
buds open—a stem invents
a petaled circle
widening all morning.




Kenneth Pobo lives in Middletown, Pennsylvania, though he grew up in Illinois.  In 2012, Finishing Line Press brought out his chapbook called Save My Place.  Eastern Point Press is bringing out his chapbook called Placemats.  His work has appeared in Indiana Review, Mudfish, Philadelphia Stories, Orbis, and elsewhere.  He loves to garden and also loves music from the 1960s.

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