Staying Inside

I stayed inside today
but had I gone out
I might have written poems
about blowing leaves
or neighbors running
through sprinklers
or perhaps a line or two
about the cardinal
who landed briefly on
my fence post
then rose and
quietly flew away.

This is a reprint of work originally published in Ariga.

Michael Meyerhofer’s fourth book, What To Do If You’re Buried Alive, was published by Split Lip Press. He is also the author of a fantasy series and the Poetry Editor of Atticus Review. His work has appeared in Hayden’s Ferry Review, Rattle, Brevity, Tupelo Quarterly, Ploughshares, and many other journals. For more information and an embarrassing childhood photo, visit https://www.troublewithhammers.com.

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