Three Small Poems
by Steven Utley
Although among some Earth folks
the idea meets resistance,
the cosmos doesn't need their prayers;
it works just fine
Ode to the Original Pedestrians
Our ancestors walked from Africa to
Tierra del Fuego! True, it took them
thousands of years to walk all those thousands
of miles, but they went the long way around,
carrying all their worldly belongings,
with frequent stops to grab a bite to eat,
admire the scenery, and rest their dogs.
You make me so goddamn blue,
but the faster I leave here,
the farther I get from you,
the sooner I'll shift to red.
© 2004 Steven Utley
In case you've never heard of him (and he doesn't
that you have), Steven Utley is the author of two collections of verse
Anamnesis Press, This Impatient Ape (1998) and Career
Moves of the Gods (2000). He's also the author of two story
collections, Ghost Seas (1997) and The
Beasts of Love, forthcoming from Wheatland Press, and of the
perennially soon-to-be-finished Silurian Tales,
comprising a couple of dozen loosely connected stories originally
published in Asimov's, F&SF, Sci Fiction,
etc. The Beasts of Love will mark
into print-on-demand publishing -- another strain on his last-century
Find more by Steven Utley in the Author Index.
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