It’s the first night we’ve seen together.
Today, we spent the light in a hyperreality
and we chose to chant our contentment
like a hawk-filled sky and pipes on asphalt.
This is a treacherous darkness. The wolves have
been prowling all night on Honey Lake Road
and we, the unwashed and ignorant, stop
where we are—on the wrong side of history.
My father thought he’d be remembered
as radiance, but the world is just as bright
without him. Our child will someday have
a child of her own—with a body kindled
from raw materials profaned with dimmest love.
Richard King Perkins II is a state-sponsored advocate for residents in long-term care facilities. He lives in Crystal Lake, IL, USA with his wife, Vickie and daughter, Sage. He is a three-time Pushcart, Best of the Net and Best of the Web nominee.