for Scott Hutchinson


Does thought create sound?

The first snowflake that falls on a wet driveway.

You’re finally looking at the situation from another perspective.

Thought I thought this through.

The perfect place may never exist, may never exist.

Want time to think about it?

I’ve inhaled more of this earth than I could even put into words.

The page you just lost when you dropped your book.

Doing what you always said you would do?

I still want to be here, want to be here.

You smiled more happiness than you held inside.

I don’t want to be here.


Chris Johnson is the Managing Editor for Arc Poetry Magazine. His chapbook, Listen, Partisan!, is from Frog Hollow Press. @ceeeejohnson