The Dumb Few

Michael Robins
Photo by Caleb George Morris

Brittle reeds, bees
droning unseemly—

up scales to eleven

It’s true I’d wake
my petty speck
of earth yet

rolling to the sun

& hills remind me
less of Iowa, more of
                I mean
dullards & sunlight,
combs cleft in honey

Michael Robins is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently Ladies & Gentlemen (Saturnalia Books, 2011) and In Memory of Brilliance & Value (Saturnalia Books, 2015). He teaches literature and creative writing at Columbia College–Chicago. For more information, visit