By John Spiegel
Your birthday being so close to our daughter’s makes giving gifts difficult. What hobbies do you have now that our lives orbit a new star? Venus doesn’t wonder about Her free time, though we might wonder why Venus has no moons. My love, I can’t help but think how dense our solar system is becoming— how planets are just moons to a greater star, and how am I to fit a moon in a bag or words.
John Spiegel is an English and Creative Writing teacher in Springfield, Ohio. He plays loud rock music in his mini-van. He is a slow reader and prefers walking barefoot. His poetry, nonfiction, and reviews can be read in Garbanzo, Vine Leaves Literary Journal, Milk & Cake Press, Fence Digital, and others.