Measure the light

We measure the light by our phones
alerting us to the revelry in the skies
jet engines rumble
in our heads

passengers shuffle papers between
layovers perhaps
unable to sleep
preoccupied by an elbow
hanging over the armrest

just a bit too far — even in my head
I’m anxious —
jigsaw puzzle bruises groan in purple

Instead I look to her
radiant bands in her palm
clouds dripping salt water taffy
between our fingers

somewhere a fire
extinguishes ordinary evenings
grape jelly jet fumes
spread over exhausted toast

& us with sticky hands on a black night
creating our own light.


© 2021 | Phillip Knight Scott

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Published by Phillip Knight Scott

My name is Phillip. I live in North Carolina with my wife of 12 years and 5-year-old son. I am a Tar Heel born and bred and watch every Yankees game I can. I'm still searching for my own TARDIS. My first novel, "The Alien in the Backseat," is available now! https://amzn.to/3oVCG77

21 thoughts on “Measure the light

  1. How lovely Phillip, I love this piece. I am back from my vacation holding up in the house for a day or so more so that we know we are safe all though we have been vaccinated we want to be extra careful after flying. It was wonderful seeing my daughter and her family. Children are so wonderfully filled with love. Yea !!!!! Have an amazing week.

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  2. My favorite lines:
    “preoccupied by an elbow”
    “jigsaw puzzle bruises groan in purple”
    “Instead I look to her
    radiant bands in her palm
    clouds dripping salt water taffy” … actually, from there down—I could quote the whole thing. Excellent work.

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  3. Love this especially; “Instead I look to her radiant bands in her palm clouds dripping salt water taffy between our fingers.”💝💝

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