Salsa Night at Hilo Town Tavern, Kristofer Collins
Incredible the things at play in the world
while Anna sleeps. The morning slightly
singed around the edges, and all the birdsong
clotted in the midst of our trees. The cat at my side
suddenly erupts to the window, and some fool
speeds up Stanton blowing through a red light.
I have an investment in breakfast and later
we will celebrate your birthday
with Thai food, cake, and not a little
beer. I hope your sleep is dreamless,
profound and beautiful as your
uncreased brow. Your breath comes
regular now with all the precision
of 8:12am. What will happen in the
next hour, the next minute?
What will happen?
-- "Poem for Anna's Birthday," from Salsa Night at Hilo Town Tavern
About Kristofer Collins
Kristofer Collins lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife Dr. Anna Johnson and their three cats.