- We Never Know
what energyburns in the lightacross the road,slips through the drapes,or maybe borrowslight from our house.And maybe thereis no motion of atomsbetween the chairsin the small roomof our neighbors,as there is nomotion sometimesbetween you and me.We speak and laughalmost dailyover fences.There is light inour eyes and whenit escapes, we knowwe never knew. [End Page 148]
Paul Dickey's They Say This Is How Death Came into the World (Mayapple P) was nominated for the 2011 National Book Award. Dickey's poetry recently has appeared or is forthcoming in Verse Daily, Rattle, Sentence, Mid-American Review, and Potomac Review, among many other online and print publications. His poetry chapbook is What Wisconsin Took (Parallel P).