The Answer to Your Question is, “We Will Be Doing This Dance Involving Sun and Clouds Again Tomorrow — Cal Freeman



The Answer to Your Question is, “We Will Be Doing This Dance Involving Sun and Clouds Again Tomorrow

if the good Lord’s willing and my leaky
old boat stays afloat. Our time seems
embarrassingly long as it elapses

and trots us toward a vanishing point
like a phosphene behind the eyelids
on a bright day. Ancient plaint about

incomprehension, sand dervish over
parabolic dunes, harmless cirrocumulus
rafts floating downstate, called

a “disturbance” by the voices on the radio.
Our weather is tenuous, mislabeled
and more poignant than a dream—

your black hair was wrapped
in a boat propeller like kelp the other night,
but I don’t worry anymore since

you say you’re living well.”


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Cal Freeman was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He is the author of the books Brother Of Leaving (Marick Press) and Fight Songs (Eyewear Publishing). His writing has appeared in many journals including New Orleans Review, Passages North, The Journal, Commonweal, Drunken Boat, and The Poetry Review. He is a recipient of The Devine Poetry Fellowship (judged by Terrance Hayes); he has also been nominated for multiple Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and creative nonfiction. He regularly reviews collections of poetry for the radio program Stateside on Michigan Public Radio. He currently lives in Dearborn, MI and teaches at Oakland University.