lana hechtman ayers
A FEW THINGS I LEARNED THIS WEEK
after Willian Stafford
Gnats drowned in the cat’s water dish
look an awful lot like fleas.
Maybe all dead things look more alike
A poet once said first thought best thought
then crossed that out.
There are podcasts for everything,
even how to emoji your way
into a person’s heart.
My husband, who’s reading about cosmology,
says things in the universe are moving away
from each other so fast, the stars we see
aren’t sending their light to Earth any longer.
Rare things aren’t necessarily better.
Petrichor smells as pretty as it sounds.
A cow will cry out sometimes when the flies
stop biting its flanks.
Lana Hechtman Ayers has shepherded over a hundred poetry volumes into print in her role as managing editor for three small presses. Her work appears in print and online in places such as Rattle, Peregrine, and The MacGuffin.