A gypsy moth mistakes
the incandescence
from a bulb
in the porch ceiling
as a sextant moon.

I watch from the rocker
sipping liquor from a jar
in the inescapable heat
sympathizing with why
it keeps knocking its teeth
against the glass.

Tom Strong
I was born in St. Paul, MN, the oldest boy of ten children. I attended St. Marks grade school and St.Paul Central high school. After high school I tried attending college (3 times) but dropped out and spent 4-5 years traveling. I finally graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BS-Chemical Engineering in 1981, got married, and spent the next 35 years working and raising a family. I retired in 2017.
Cover Image:Jack Ward