Wherever you are in the universe
you’re at its center, cosmologists say.
My little mutt and I have made
a miraculous journey. Seeking
to chase a hare, flush a woodcock, to hear
a black and white warbler, hiding thrush,
exhaust all worry hiking hard,
we’ve stirred a flurry of daysleep moths.
We’ve found ourselves at an angle
where the summer moon is white and blue,
visible well into morning.
We’ve discovered ourselves at the center
of a universe that happens to be bordered
by cattails and highly annoyed blackbirds.
Stuart Bartow teaches writing and literature at SUNY Adirondack, and also chairs the Battenkill Conservancy, an environmental non-profit.
His Teaching Trout to Talk: the Zen of Small Stream Fly Fishing, received the non-fiction award from the Adirondack Center for Writing, and a previous collection of poems, Einstein’s Lawn, is also published by Dos Madres.