THE OPPD POWER STATION SEEN IN THE DISTANCE — Robert Klein Engler



“Coal Train Passing Over the Bright River to Omaha: Hand Colored” (digital print, 16” x 20” on watercolor paper, available at Connect Gallery, Omaha, NE)

“Coal Train Passing Over the Bright River to Omaha: Hand Colored” (digital print, 16” x 20” on watercolor paper, available at Connect Gallery, Omaha, NE)



it looks like winter out
the roofs are covered over
with broad sheets of snow
an overcast sky is half day-
light and half still night

a loft of pigeons circles
around and ‘round in flight
where to go where to rest
everywhere there is snow
bone and limestone white

an astonishing loneliness
seen in cold sunlight from
the prairie confirms the flight
of the alone into the alone
empty as a broken promise

or maybe the frozen souls
buried in cities of the dead
rise weightless by their loss
to swirl like steam from where
electricity is made from coal


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Robert Klein Engler lives in Omaha, Nebraska and sometimes New Orleans. Mr. Engler holds advanced degrees from the University of Illinois in Urbana and The University of Chicago Divinity School. Many of Robert’s poems, stories, and paintings are set in the Crescent City. His long poem, “The Accomplishment of Metaphor and the Necessity of Suffering,” set partially in New Orleans, is published by Headwaters Press, Medusa, New York, 2004. He has received an Illinois Arts Council award for his “Three Poems for Kabbalah.” Link with him at Facebook.com to see examples of his recent work. Some of Mr. Engler’s books are available at amazon.com. He is represented by Connect Gallery at 3901 Leavenworth St, Omaha, NE 68105.