The horses graze in the pastures where our houses have fallen. The bees bring sleep to an afternoon already sodden with heat. And the birds at the feeder tell other birds about us, how easy it is here, how humane. I take your hand as the end nears. You are a diamond. I watch the set- ting sun make cats in your eyes. I turn away and turn back. You are still there. So I say, Love, tell me how tomorrow will be. Tell me today how tomorrow will be.
19 The Paris-American
Corey Mesler has published in numerous journals and anthologies. He has published five novels, Talk: A Novel in Dialogue (2002), We Are Billion-Year-Old Carbon (2006), The Ballad of the Two Tom Mores (2010), Following RichardBrautigan (2010), and Gardner Remembers (2011), 2 full length poetry collections, Some Identity Problems (2008) and Before the Great Troubling (2011), and 3 books of short stories, Listen: 29 Short Conversations (2009), Notes toward the Story and Other Stories(2011) and I’ll Give You Something to Cry About (2011). He has also published a dozen chapbooks of both poetry and prose. He has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize numerous times, and two of his poems have been chosen for Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac. With his wife, he runs Burke’s Book Store in Memphis TN, one of the country’s oldest (1875) and best independent bookstores. He can be found at www.coreymesler.com.