Inside the Smoke

by | Dec 2, 2020 | Poetry

Not a sky but a milk of ash,
more like a low clay dome

over these few houses and cars,
this snippet of road, the near

trees…we’re down to earshot.
Suppose no Jupiter in the south

tonight. No moon. World’s gone
small inside the smoke. Might be

a hope—to know close quarters.
Mosquito’s, pangolin’s, vole’s,

water strider’s—and all this
garden, its ponds, one islet, a dot.

The katsura, a maple, a backyard
sequoia erased in its height…

a squirrel’s circuit. A snail’s
range. Or that golden spider’s

thready oasis between fence posts.
A trapped yellow jacket, wrapped

in a tiny silk storm, suspended
a yard from that late white rose.





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About The Author


Jed Myers is author of Watching the Perseids (Sacramento Poetry Center Book Award), The Marriage of Space and Time (MoonPath Press), and four chapbooks, including “Dark’s Channels” (Iron Horse Literary Review Chapbook Award) and “Love’s Test” (winner, Grayson Books Chapbook Contest). Recognitions include Southern Indiana Review’s Editors’ Award, the Prime Number Magazine Award, The Southeast Review’s Gearhart Prize, and The Tishman Review’s Millay Prize. Poems have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Rattle, Poetry Northwest, The American Journal of Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, The Greensboro Review, and elsewhere. Myers lives in Seattle and is Poetry Editor for Bracken.

Books by Jed Myers