Not the circus of constellations
rifled with shooting stars
from nights we slept by the river.
soft predawn flare
signals start here
on the road between green and green
where we’ll tussle with hour by hour
till night falls
and maybe brings some stellar
causal skyway marking time,
Allison Adelle Hedge Coke‘s eighteen books include Look at This Blue (National Book Award finalist), Burn, Streaming, Blood Run, and Effigies III. Following former fieldworker retraining in Santa Paula and Ventura, California, in the mid-1980s, she began teaching and is now Distinguished Professor and Mellon Dean’s Professor at UC Riverside.