hugging mother’s urn
inner child steps
over sidewalk cracks
first grey hairs
he stands on his hands
before making love
pew pew
some homely holiness
aims at us
talking to a snake
we discover just skin
shed skin listening
big white moth
flies past the red light holds us
pinned to the moon
October cold
making a dead man’s wife’s children’s
pumpkin smile for them



William Keckler‘s books include Sanskrit of the Body, which was selected by Mary Oliver for the (U.S.) National Poetry Series and published by Penguin. His visual art work was included in the group collection Four Photographers.