Today the sky is a repeated chorus: How can I make us softer
When everyone is screaming/When everyone is dying?

The sky is frightened by everything, so I tell it, I love you,
If that means
anything.
I do my coo coo coos to the sky.
I buy a carrier pigeon and wrap a thinking of you card
Around its left leg. I send the pigeon to the heart
Of the sky. I warn it not to fly too close to the sun.
The pigeon doesn’t listen.
Now I don’t have a pigeon.
Jericho is crumbling and we haven’t even hit the bridge yet.
My future daughter is scared of the monster under her bed.
I tell her to just keep looking up, to keep looking as we keep
Floating, that even monsters are scared of heights.

C.J. Miles

C.J. Miles

C.J. Miles' debut collection of poetry is What Is Anything Without Pandas (Ampersand Books, 2017). His poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Forklift, Ohio, Cease, Cows, Jet Fuel Review, Five:2:One Magazine, and Moonglasses Magazine. More of his work is available on his website.
C.J. Miles