Featured: Dan Kelty, Outlook


Dan Kelty

This winter promises to be

one for the record books, like

1978 when the garage collapsed

under the snow and ice.

We’re going to suffer each time we

step out of the house and reach for

the thin newspaper in its sheer

plastic sleeve,

and damn

near break our necks on the

driveway ice once a day.

Many will cross their fingers each time

they turn the ignition and hear the grind

of frozen iron;

perhaps even break a key off, like

my older brother did in the frail light

of December 1971 when the sky looked

like a brittle pane of glass

ready to break at any second

sending down white shards and

tree branches.

Yesterday, for example,

I found a robin on the back porch

pasted to the cement by the cold.

Its eyes, still open,

thankful for the final lessons

of deprivation and clarity.


Dan Kelty is a high school Spanish teacher in St. Louis where he lives with his two children.  He has  previously been published in Nimrod, Steam Ticket, Margie, Sleet and other publications.