John P. Kristofco
soon it will be dark enough...
...my father said
when I asked about the fireworks,
first satellites to dot across the sky,
impatient for the full eclipse,
Venus playing tag with Mars;
"wait until the night
to see the dipper and the fish,"
pointing with the cigarette
that glowed his face,
his words until the fire left
and night had fully come:
too soon it would be dark enough
My poetry, short stories, and essays have appeared in over a hundred different publications, including: Rattle, Folio, Slant, Cimarron Review, Poem, The Cape Rock, Blueline, and Shot Glass. I have published three collections of poems and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize five times.