In Search of
in search of ghosts,
I visited the memorial
For the unnamed Katrina victims.
I felt no cold clamminess
nor any bodily aches and pains.
I saw nothing,
I sensed nothing,
I felt nothing,
out of the ordinary.
But when I visited
during the dead of day,
I smelled the stench of death.
Snethen is an educator, naturalist, moviemaker, poet, and short story
writer from South Dakota. He teaches on the Pine Ridge Reservation at Little
Wound High School in the heart of Indian Country. His best friend is his
three-legged dog, Knightly, who is a cancer survivor.
Richkus is an enthusiastic illustrator, photographer, writer, and reader.
He has been an essential oil perfumer for more than 20 years, and has worked as a history
teacher, chemist, security guard, and circus canvasman. He bemoans the limits of time and
regrets that he is not 10 people, one of whom would happily devote every waking hour to
reading the Sunday New York Times.