milky way

warm breath
catches at the door . . .
too much night

            flicker of recognition
            before the power outage

plenty of time
to tell stars from planets
thick silence

            singles night
            at the stardust ballroom
            his ring

driving till dawn
no other lights

            dark galaxy
            caught in the cloud
            of lies

Ann K. Schwader & Deborah P Kolodji