This will be the last day for us to keep
Pace & set tempo & slow

Burn into dumpsters hard-packed
With ash & hickory slivers

Finer than angel hair, thumbing for
A lift from a silverbreeze

To fly into vulnerable eyes filed down
Until the only light they

Process pierces inward, the moon
Through bullet holes

In the drywall of a darkened room.
O we temples of light & feet

Tapping, the stalwart & tougher-than-
Leather toughest of us,

We who vibrate at a frequency so high &
Mighty, only the lord can see

Us moving.

 

 

collinsRyan Collins is the author of three chapbooks, most recently Dear Twin Falls (H_NGM_N, 2013).  His poems have appeared, or will be appearing, in American Letters & CommentaryAnother Chicago MagazineAsymptoteBlack ClockColumbia Poetry ReviewDIAGRAM;Forklift, OhioHandsomeiO: A Journal of New American PoetryPEN Poetry SeriesSpork; and many other places.  He is the Executive Director of the Midwest Writing Center & an English instructor at St. Ambrose University, both in Davenport, IA.  He curates the SPECTRA Poetry Reading Series in Rock Island, IL, where he lives

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