Veronica Patterson

Perseids, Later

—for Evan


A tease of clouds intermits
the searing blueblack. Cicadas
drone in a 3 a.m. silence
and I fall back


onto an Army blanket, 1956,
a meadow outside Ithaca, lying with sister
and brother, in the grip of fierce
dreams and longings, my skin


alive with up,
drawn to the studded dark, whose
tiny burns might be those of a sparkler
twirled too fast.


This night, as you sleep inside,
I lift binoculars to contain
these pricking lights, which

yet still pull me
to them. Your dream wafts from the house,
a stay. In waning heat, in my thin
nightshirt, I feel


the years accordion,
and I shiver. Each of us
gets to be vast sometime. Three
meteors streak


the length
of a star-glazed strand
of my hair. How can the birds sleep
in this confetti of light?

Driftwood Press Review
From Sudden White Fan

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