JAY WINSTON RITCHIE

 

Jay Winston Ritchie is the author of the poetry chapbook How to Appear Perfectly Indifferent While Crying on the Inside (Metatron, 2014) and the short story collection Something You Were, Might Have Been, or Have Come to Represent (Insomniac, 2014). He is Assistant Editor for Metatron.

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I placed my hand against the screen door
to feel the temperature of the air outside. 
It was warm. 

I left when night felt permanent
the way a letter gets pulled from an envelope. 
The grass was wet

which was significant for vague reasons. 
It was interesting just to be outside. 
Looking up was inspiration

for the stars to do modern dance. 
The one where they move
and don’t move at the same time. 

I was trying to engender a gold thing
in the shape of a time and place. 
May something two thousand something, when

I was moored to distance. 
Contact was as thrilling as the fear
that I was having a general experience.

 

(First published in Spork.)