Morning

David Salner

An old man holds his collar 

as the wind blows 

through a shabby courtyard.

Children yell 

on their way to school.

Under a gray sky

another war begins.

David Salner's most recent poetry collection is The Stillness of Certain Valleys (Broadstone Books, 2019). His debut novel is A Place to Hide. He worked as iron ore miner, steelworker, machinist, and now librarian. His writing has appeared in Threepenny Review, Ploughshares, Iowa Review, and North American Review.