I should be fixed on the preacher's words
but backhoes idle out of sight,
horseflies hum in mausoleums,
children snap their gum, bluebirds
dive and dispel the no-see-ums.
The sun is shedding little light.
And when I spied the billboard girl
in a choral spate of woolen grays
striding toward infinity,
I first surmised this somber mural
scene did not portend divinity
but was an ad for all that decays.
Denis Loney's work has appeared in 32 Poems and the Sewanee Theological Review, and his manuscript, Casualties of Conveyance, was a finalist for the Hecht Prize. He received a BA from Creighton University and an MA in Writing from The Johns Hopkins University. In 2006, he received a fellowship from the DC Council on the Arts and Humanities.
Bob Watts grew up in rural North Carolina and holds the Creative Writing Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, New York Quarterly, and other journals. His first collection, Past Providence, won the 2004 Stanzas Prize from David Robert Books. He teaches creative writing as an Assistant Professor at Lehigh University.