Like the rain Like the purr of the furnace Like the half-empty laundry basket and the yellowing lamp glow of the house across the street Like the sure flight of a small bird Like the calligraphy behind your eyelids. The promise of onions frying Like a man walking the dog (or the dog walking a man) Like the sacred space just before sunrise Like a picture frame but without the picture Like a neighborhood and like the same neighborhood a heartbeat later Like happiness, but not quite Like sadness, too Like a blue door The morning you gave up caring.
Kurt Olsson’s poems have appeared in a wide variety of publications, including Poetry, The Threepenny Review, and Southern Review. He’s published two poetry collections, Burning Down Disneyland (Gunpowder Press) and What Kills What Kills Us (Silverfish Review Press). A third collection, The Unnumbered Anniversaries, is due out next year.