How to Hold Up the Sky

by Brandon Hyer


Plant your feet in the driest
of tundras. Since you’re going
to have a lot of free time

go ahead and use this vantage
to craft maps
detailing each crick and burrow –

the resting place
of field mice, the favored death-perch
of the hawk.

Consider the sparrow
divulging its secrets
near your torso, the raccoon

unexpectedly nesting
between your toes.
These are the creatures

to sacrifice for, to give up
tennis tournaments and groceries,
to forever abandon

the perilous ways of men.
Prepare yourself, instead,
to ignore

the rough husk of clouds.
Prepare yourself, hereafter,
for the crimson glacier
of dusk.

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