Galaxies

Catch me a star, little spaceman,
he’d call, and I’d catch a breath of whiskey
and hand-rolled cigarettes, mingled
with the sweat of his shirt
as I tumbled back into strong hands.

My father would launch me
to the ceiling and ask,
How do the stars look up there?
And they were bright, the stars,
like his eyes far below. Bright
like the glint of his wedding band,
marking a safe place to land.

He’d hold me over his head, my arms
outstretched like Superman, whoosh
me all over the room. We’d loop and soar
until his strength gave out, somewhere
in the world below. Down in the world
where I stand tonight, my son whizzing by overhead—
wide eyes on the horizon, seeing galaxies
beyond the man gazing up and asking,
How do the stars look up there?

Ryan Stone

10 thoughts on “Galaxies

  1. I hope you are really doing that with your son, if you have one. This is a sweet poem. When you put a picture like that in your mind, even if it didn’t happen, you begin to behave as if it did happen. One of the unintended consequences of writing.

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