the wax paper

Walking and Talking to Myself (About the Universe of Trouble)

This trail

I’m out hiking doesn’t end

for miles —


and even then, in the dark, 


I’ll just be turning around

to double back through the storm of dust and stars  

I’ve kicked up so far.

Brian Beatty’s poems have appeared in print and online publications in Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland and the U.S., as well as in public art projects and on public radio. He’s the author of Coyotes I Couldn’t See (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016) and Brazil, Indiana (a folk poem) (Kelsay Books/Aldrich Publishing, 2016).