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Letter to the Northern Lights
The light here on earth keeps us plenty busy: a fire
in central Pennsylvania still burns bright since 1962.
Whole squads of tiny squid blaze up the coast of Japan
before sunrise. Of course you didn’t show when we went
searching for you, but we found other lights: firefly,
strawberry moon, a tiny catch of it in each other’s teeth.
Someone who saw you said they laid down
in the middle of the road and took you all in,
and I’m guessing you’re used to that—people falling
over themselves to catch a glimpse of you
and your weird mint-glow shushing itself over the lake.
Aurora, I’d rather stay indoors with him—even if it meant
a rickety hotel and its wood paneling, golf carpeting
in the bathrooms, and grainy soapcakes. Instead
of waiting until just the right hour of the shortest
blue-night of the year when you finally felt moved
enough to collide your gas particles with sun particles—
I’d rather share sunrise with him and loon call
over the lake with him, the slap of shoreline threaded
through screen windows with him. My heart
slams in my chest, against my shirt—it’s a kind
of kindling you’d never be able to light on your own.
|August 21, 2016||Sea Lily||H. D.|
|August 20, 2016||Mutability||William Wordsworth|
|August 19, 2016||Echolocation||Sally Bliumis-Dunn|
|August 18, 2016||Why Eat Why Kill||Abraham Smith|
|August 17, 2016||Artistic Statement||Denise Duhamel|
|August 16, 2016||with grief with fury with action||Ed Pavlic|
|August 15, 2016||On Being Told I Look Like FLOTUS, New Year’s Eve Party 2014||January Gill O'Neil|
|August 14, 2016||Lost Illusions||Georgia Douglas Johnson|
|August 13, 2016||Moments of Vision||Thomas Hardy|
|August 12, 2016||Name That Tune||Jennifer L. Knox|