Construction Literary Magazine

January 2017 Writers Respond

To Ellis on a Moving Train Approaching the Speed of Light

To Ellis on a Moving Train Approaching the Speed of Light
Image via Flickr by Tom Magliery

Monkey, elephant, ladybug, dragon

now you’re ensconced in steel

moving

quickly away & I’ll never be as fast as you
or your brillig in the gimble

they say & we say anyway

& you said once

daddy there are monsters
there are good monsters &
there are bad monsters

air is so fast

so much breathing to be done here
but we don’t have much time

by the time you return
I’ll be an old man

& you’ll be a week past
the sun’s birthday

you’ll still wear a dress

the monsters here are scary
the air is choking

on thorns & thrones
in mom we trust

two lightning strikes
with nothing in between

a mosquito on your tiny wrist
& after that ashes