Two poems by Adam D. Weeks


Kangaroo Rain


“Step outside and the air is a weight you bear.” –Catherine Pierce


We used to play in an empty

swimming pool, skin on cement

and nothing to keep us afloat. Remember

the whispered enemies kept between you, me

and the diving rock, the lights that blued

beneath our feet before the water

came. We weren’t scared of the deep

yet, below all that stone and piping, mending

our skinned knees together. The rain gave way

to our camp and washed the mud from our boots, filling

us over the burgundy edge. We wore the wind like camouflage,

heavy on our shoulders as we swam free

from the burning high tide. The water didn’t take

our battlements or soak our cardboard canopy—even the storm fell

off our ramparts, over with the runoff, the moat

around our forged fortress. Those days we bathed

in nothing but the sun, our toes treading

everything between concrete and brackish.



Letter to a Floating Piano


For Molly McCully Brown


Imagine something lovelier,

if you could, sweeter


than the other or the storm

or the dove you can carry


in your mouth without causing

a bruise. Boy taken and smeared