Sadness Isn’t The Only Muse

I can’t imagine myself reading bedtime stories 
to a toddler, and I’m older than my father was
when he read those brightly colored books to me.
His voice is deeper than mine will ever be
but just as sweet. I always picked Freight Train.
I loved the black caboose. A train runs across this track… 
through tunnels and cities, darkness and light, forever. 
I still love books where nothing happens,
good or bad. The page is one landscape I move through.


Cover Art by Stephanie Broussard

Derrick Austin

Derrick Austin is the author of Tenderness, forthcoming from BOA Editions in fall 2021, and Trouble the Water (BOA Editions, 2016) selected by Mary Syzbist for the A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize.

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