Porch Light<br>J. Patrick Lewis
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Porch Light
J. Patrick Lewis

Porch Light

J. Patrick Lewis


After the cat curls round the pump,

and the heat of the day pulls away

in semis streaming west, after the corn

stalks bow, whispering stories to moles

beside their tunnels, after the screech

owls swivel into place to guard the sky

against the cicadas’ horror music

and the sizzling crickets, I am what

you will come home to, you barn-bound

boys scooping up the trifles of your lives,

racing past your childhood into brown

haze, mysteriously, the color of the future.