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I hope you step out
of the concert hall tonight
and do not trip
upon juvenile shoelaces.
Tie them up in a single loop.
Prove to us how much you've learned,
How far you've come.
I hope the stars are laid out
like they would be in a movie.
Twinkling, gliding, smiling.
Behold God's gapless front teeth.
I want them to demonstrate how
anything at great enough distance
may not actually be there.
I hope the day draws closer,
The one outlined on your calendar -
some desperate ant awaiting
the arrival of a magnifying lens.
And if it stings to be looked upon
then do not blame your admirers.
You were born waiting to combust.
I hope, towards the end, it is a decision
to finally let gravity prevail.
I hope this for the both of us.
Even our perfect orbits are
mathematically impossible to draw.
Even citrus from the corner store
is considered to be real oranges.
There is a Body
All the days are holy,
balsam fir to help remember.
There was a time when we expected you.
The only real angels are bodies.
The color of need is pink:
it is everywhere and it
is all over you.
Heaven, then, is a prism carefully arranged.
Sunbeams in your diamonds,
and a soft blushing
when you wake.
Every morning, lifted to the prairie.
Carter Jones is a teacher candidate living by the river in Potsdam, New York. He pets all three of the cats every day.