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It's no good to want God

badly enough
to think about it.

Even the divine is turned off by desperation. But what do I know?

I spent one hundred and fifty dollars on a doghouse
my dog will not enter. It looks pretty in the backyard,
but gets in the way when I mow the grass.

When we no longer have night, daylight does not seem so good.

What the firefly feels is this: call me lightning bug.
It also feels this:

Please do not
catch me in your hand,

you are a danger to my future, brief as it may be.

Let me put the shine on your face, before I, the very moment
I take flight, disappear.

Nick Courtright  

Nick Courtright is the author of Punchline, a National Poetry Series finalist, and Let There Be Light, which is forthcoming (Gold Wake Press, 2014). He teaches in Austin, where he lives with his wife, Michelle, and son, William.

Copyright © 2013 Louisiana State University Press
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Nick Courtright. "Dusk." Southern Review 49.3 (2013): 443-443. Project MUSE. Web. 18 Jul. 2013. <http://muse.jhu.edu/>.
Courtright, N.(2013). Dusk. Southern Review 49(3), 443. Louisiana State University Press. Retrieved July 18, 2013, from Project MUSE database.
Nick Courtright. "Dusk." Southern Review 49, no. 3 (2013): 443-443. http://muse.jhu.edu/ (accessed July 18, 2013).
T1 - Dusk
A1 - Nick Courtright
JF - Southern Review
VL - 49
IS - 3
SP - 443
EP - 443
PY - 2013
PB - Louisiana State University Press
SN - 2168-5541
UR - http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/southern_review/v049/49.3.courtright.html
N1 - Volume 49, Number 3, Summer 2013
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