Scott Coykendall is a professor at Plymouth State University where he teaches Journalism, Technical Communication, and other writing courses. His poems have appeared in Poetry Motel, Quarterly West, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Calliope, Poets On, Thresholds in Education Foundations, Centripetal, Icarus, and WordGlut.
putting up beans
The summer before we knew about the cancer,
my daughters and I drove the eight states
to Illinois. The blackberries were ready,
and the sweet corn, and a bumper
crop of beans. Mom in her kerchief [...]