About Charles Hansmann

I am what you might call a non-observant atheist. I have published poetry and prose in magazines and anthologies in the U.S., England, Ireland, Austria, New Zealand and Australia. I hold degrees in English, philosophy and law. Nature, people and poetry pretty much satisfy my needs.

Kicking Home the Bait Can

I drop to my knees on the impulse of prayer, fold my fingers inward to construct the little church, pop up my pointers to erect the steeple. I open my hands and look at the people my fingers represent. One has a sliver embedded near a blister. Other than this they all look the same, stained by the clods I broke up for worms. I wiggle them, stupidly. Then I unclasp my hands and set them free.