“In the Backyard #1” © Bonnie Matthews Brock



I have a thousand nickels
Trump has a billion dollars
the Dalai Lama a trillion prayers
and out in the back yard.
totally content
my dog,
with one bone


Jack Powers (1937-2010) was a poet and activist who founded Boston’s long-running Stone Soup Poetry reading series in 1971. The above poem was published in 1991 as part of Volume 1, Number 2 of the Stone Soup Poetry Gazette. Thanks to James Van Looy for unearthing this piece.

Bonnie Matthews Brock is a Florida-based photographer, as well as a school psychologist. Her images have been published in Ibbetson Street Press, The Somerville Times, Oddball Magazine, and Beyond Words Literary Magazine.