THE POETIC HILL

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Kyle Dunn is originally from Florida, but chose DC as his home and currently works for a freshwoman member of Congress. He points out, in case readers might think that Hill staffers have no life away from work, that the accompanying photo of him was taken as he was hiking the Dolly Sods in West Virginia. He is winner of a National Scholastic Gold Medal Award for Short Fiction and we are pleased to present his first published poem, a villanelle about eating dinner with Henry Kissinger.

Down at the Old Post Office Hotel, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

I think I’ll think a thought today.
Seize the Steno. Plunder the pen pipe.
I think I thought a thought.

My pillow, lift. Closer come. Spittle, wipe.
Where does the sun go when it becomes night?
I think I thought a thought.

All the waiters ask, “Will he kill the light?”
Perhaps I mightn’t, then perhaps I might.
I think I’ll think a thought today.

Bring me the menu. Be prepared to write.
One hundred golden apples. Wait till ripe.
I think I thought a thought.

How can I think when all you do is gripe?
I told you once why I must stay; you, fight.
I think I’ll think a thought today.

I’ve tried in vain to keep my thoughts polite.
You’ll see my thinking, time will prove, was right.
I think I’ll think a thought today.
I think I thought a thought.

If you would like to have your poem considered for publication, please send it to klyon@literaryhillbookfest.org. (There is no remuneration.)