How many men
How many women cast
broadcasts spiraling from the city
like light from switchblades
as if a network could form itself
from sky if it had enough
desire to imprint itself into being?
Who will write the manual
How to Save a Man from Drowning?
If love is an uncommissioned artwork.
If light is careful embroidery,
if the pencil shavings of stars
are the tracks of animals
cast from pages of storybooks
in confetti from yesterday’s birthday,
who will sing the songs
The sand belongs to no one.
The box store employment applications,
the billboards gold and turquoise
like all that is human
in a motel at twilight:
cigarette burns, the clay colored carpet,
a man’s suit jacket hung in the closet.
On the boardwalk of desire
how many ring
the soul at the desk?
“Minor Miracles” was first published in Listening for Earthquakes (Caketrain).