Every Friday night we feature a short story, essay, personal narrative, poem,
spoken word, or short film for your enjoyment.
Tonight’s poem is from Ron Riekki
The sky keeps trying to get thinner.
I say that it needs to gain weight.
We want a sky with its stomach full.
Who wants a sky too slim to hold stars?
We should all breathe as much air as possible.
Do it now. Hold it in your family of lungs.
I want to get in there, hug you like an alligator,
tell you that you are even more beautiful
than the bottle of rum above my fridge.
Ron Riekki’s books include U.P.: a novel (currently film optioned, nominated for the Sewanee Writers Series and Great Michigan Read), The Way North: Collected Upper Peninsula New Works (2014 Michigan Notable Book awarded by the Library of Michigan, Eric Hoffer Book Award finalist and shortlisted for the Grand Prize, 2014 Midwest Book Award finalist, Foreword Book of the Year finalist, and 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist), and Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (2016 IPPY/Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal Great Lakes—Best Regional Fiction and a 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award—Short Story finalist). He has work in several anthologies including The Best Ten-Minute Plays 2012, The Best Men’s Stage Monologues of 2016, The Best Small Fictions 2015, and Poetry in Michigan/Michigan in Poetry. He is at @RonRiekki on twitter.