Quarter Moon by Alan Britt

Today I’m coming back.
Like hieroglyphics scrawled upon an overpass,
I’m omnipresent.

The shadow around my waist expands to include cosmic debris:
planetary fragments,
clouded leopards looming the horizon,
clarinets like loons
stretching their necks to have a look.

My hand disappears into a void.

Like the mantle clock with vermilion smeared cheekbones,
or dusty Bose stereo with a mustache.

Today, I’m coming back,
for certain,
as certain as I can be about love that the quarter moon carves
into a scar across the afternoon sky.




In August 2015 Alan Britt was invited to Ecuador as part of the first cultural exchange of poets between Ecuador and the United States. His interview at The Library of Congress for The Poet and the Poem aired on Pacifica Radio, January 2013. He has published 15 books of poetry. He teaches English/Creative Writing at Towson University.


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