The McKinley Review Magazine

Light and Variable

By: Tim Philippart | Posted on: March 2018

Meddlesome breezes

tousle Foxglove,

irritate Quackgrass,

command seed heads of Fescue

to bow before their petulance.

whip up

white fluff,

Cottonwood blizzards,

that sail off looking

for new settlements.

ruffle the

Juneberry and

goad White Poplars

to flash like can-canning

Silver Maples.

sculpt from a

thousand clouds,

Donald Duck

and float him

across a cerulean sky.

Yet, still find

a cooperative hair to

tickle an ear,

even while blowing, only,

light and variable.

In 2015, Tim Philippart sold his gymnasium equipment sales and service business.  He started writing poetry, short fiction, non-fiction and ghost blogs. Since then, over 60 of his pieces have seen daylight in publications like Gravel, Magnolia Review, Saltfront, Chicago Literati, and Third Wednesday.   Chances are, if you are reading this bio, you are about to encounter something Tim wrote. Feel free to email him (  with questions or comments.  If, perchance, you have answers he always enjoys receiving those too.