Rain on the First Day of December

A cold apartment
is a cold apartment
regardless. If

the boiler
that generates heat
within is broken,

the answer
is not to smash

potted plants
onto the sidewalk. It’s not
the stoop’s fault.


A lull toward late
fall, messages arrive
scrambled. Those born
on the light shrinking side

of winter solstice
carry an extra
burden. We must generate
an expanding light

from within. And it just might
illuminate the shoreline
for those of us now walking
the boards in the afterlife.