PoetryIssue 06 | August 2009

Getting There

by Richard Spuler

Coming this far, we are
the heavy craft, bound to describe
the half-life of black holes.

We think: it must be
a fabulous room, large enough for
the portraits of harbored silence.

Our eyes at night, even closed,
see the world upside-down,
see the long, long shadows of day.

Now, when the footprints
on this shore are ours,
it is time to spell our names again.

Overhead, overhead, all
the stars have fallen in our pockets
before we’re home.

And on the way there
we’ll share a story,
the only one that’s ever told.

It begins: Someone dreams.
While dust settles in the sky
we’ll hold the darkness in our sleeves.

About the author

Spuler’s poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines. For nearly twenty years he has served as Senior Lecturer in German at Rice University in Houston, TX. He enjoys music and reading.

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Two poems by Anne Babson
Vignette, Townhouse, 9 a.m. by Troy Cunio
Night Becomes Day Over the West by Megan Foley
Yukon River Aurora by D. B. Goman
Two Poems by David Havird
Cretan Love Letter by Emily Linstrom
Holland by Rick Mullin
Fear in Kenya by Kristina Pfleegor
The Lounge Lizard by Ed Shacklee
Two Poems by Sarah J. Sloat
Night Flight by Vicki Stannard
Koinonia Farms by Alina Stefanescu
Thessaloniki, Four a.m. by Anastasia Vassos
Imaginary Oceans by Jason Warren
Two Poems by F. J. Williams

Postcard prose

It’s Salty by Kelly Hill

Travel notes

Anchorage in the Great Land by Karen Benning
The Value of Small Money by Megan Hallinan
Screensaver by Sandra Larson
Thirty Cents by Tommy McAree
Gokarna by Kate McCahill
Going Places by Rachel Miller-Howard
Susanville CA: Notes From The Road by Susan Volchok