“The Night Sky” by Dan Wilcox

It’s always Night, otherwise we wouldn’t need light.
—Thelonious Monk

How easily these poets are fooled

“wait for the light” they are told
that far-away light speeding across the sky
just wait, it will be here soon
like the anticipated glory of thick volumes
like whatever applause sounds like from Beyond

wait for it
it will be here soon, light you can’t miss
like your own imagined trajectory
like waiting for the predicted first born
like the forecast for rain or green hail

it will be here soon, look—here or there
you won’t miss it, like your own birth
just wait, it will be here soon

then it will fade

grow fainter


as if no one ever said it would be here
in the first place.

Looking for the space station
June 20, 2007


Dan Wilcox is the host of the Third Thursday Poetry Night at the Social Justice Center in Albany, NY and is a member of the poetry performance group “3 Guys from Albany.” As a photographer, he claims to have the world’s largest collection of photos of unknown poets. He has been a featured reader at all the important poetry venues in the Capital District and throughout the Hudson Valley, and is an active member of Veterans for Peace. He also publishes poetry under the imprint A.P.D. (albany’s poetic device). You can read his blog at dwlcx.blogspot.com.

Image: “Leaving Today” by Bobbi Le’ Rae Valentin

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