from “Periscope”

If you remember cosmology

there is nothing to stop time

running all the way to zero


Lying up or even lying down

I will just wiggle my hand to

remind you I was timorous


Copyright © 2017 by Wayne Miller. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on July 7, 2017, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem

“The title ‘Periscope’ is a nod to Paul Thek’s oil on canvas with artist’s frame and picture light. The ‘Foreword’ of my new book Debths includes an entry from one of his notebooks: ‘Secret Paintings / the object of which is not / to be seen // He made a secret out / of what no one / wanted anyway.’”
—Susan Howe