In an Alternate Universe,
Mrs. Williams Finds a Slightly Different Note
Ate all the plums I bet you bought for morning.
They kept me in the john all night. Fair warning.
Five hundred eighty million miles!
The fact’s so big, we can’t absorb it.
Regardless, here’s a round of smiles
to mark your latest solar orbit.
Robert West‘s poems have appeared in Light, Still: The Journal, Alabama Literary Review, Poetry, and other venues. With Jonathan Greene he is co-editor of Succinct: The Broadstone Anthology of Short Poems (Broadstone Books, 2013); he is also the editor of The Complete Poems of A. R. Ammons, forthcoming from W. W. Norton. He teaches at Mississippi State University.