- Twilight falls on Bygone Road
- and the vague expected settles.
- The vandals took everything
- so Dylan was wrong.
- Starburst arpeggios happen less
- to children old enough to understand
- that building is the labor of years.
- Ruin, a thoughtless hour.
- It was never my imagining
- to leave you all the answers.
- Bequeath you the rifles and prescriptions.
- The shop-vac in the shed.
- But entertaining angels
- is an oblong thing. A fistful of chords
- and unguarded splendor. Your first and last steps
- stored in a cloud. In a cloud where Heaven
- should be.
Packingtown Review – Vol.14, Fall 2020
Mike Jurkovic is the Tuesday night host of Jazz Sanctuary on WOOC 105.3 FM (Troy, NY) and the president of Calling All Poets. He's the author Blue Fan Whirring, (Nirala Press, 2018), smitten by harpies & shiny banjo catfish (Lion Autumn Press, 2016), and Eve’s Venom (Post Traumatic Press, 2014). His work appears in anthologies Reflecting Pool: Poets & the Creative Process (Codhill Press, 2018) and Like Light: 25 Years of Poetry & Prose (Bright Hill Press, 2018).