Vasant 2021 Poems - John Brantingham


1 AM

By John Brantingham

I come outside to see the night
and look up into the light-difuse sky

to dream of the stars behind it.
In the parking lot


across from my place,
my neighbor is sacking out


for a quick nap
before his phone wakes him


for his Uber job.
He told me once he likes people


in the early morning commute.
He told me he likes nearly empty streets


and the cool breeze
of an open window


John Brantingham from US was the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks’ first poet laureate. His work has been featured in hundreds of magazines, Writers Almanac and The Best Small Fictions 2016. He has twelve books of poetry and fiction including his latest, Life: Orange to Pear (Bamboo Dart Press). He teaches at Mt. San Antonio College.


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