3/25/14

Aaron Belz

A STAR IN THE FACE OF THE SKY

“Multiple ways to avoid stuff but really
no way to actually not do anything,”

says my neighbor Daniel as he, once again,
fails to wash/wax his Volkswagen.

Daniel works for the eldercare police.
He says he’s also a novelist and essayist.

“Well, I need to go inside now. Your wife
has been sneaking over at night,”

I say, whimsically, almost profoundly,
my hands extended in a Christ-like welcome,

though no stigmata apparent. “Haha,”
retorts Daniel, occasionally onto me.

I amble into my shady hut, my thatched
domicile, my crappy bachelor lodge

to retrieve a Diet Coke from the oven.
Those were carefree days. Innocuous Dan,

his dull car, our banter, and finally
a baked no-calorie cola, bubbly hot,

the way clues lead into deeper mystery—
a half-tuned television on somewhere.



Aaron Belz lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina. His third book, Glitter Bomb, will be published by Persea in June. Visit http://belz.net for more information.

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