by Otto Selles

Before the alarm,
before the reminders
about lunches,
band, the dentist, and soccer,
I slip out of bed
and watch the kettle
boil to life. I greet
the toast tenderly,
and the jam, once again,
surprises, so sweet, so
sticky. Through the kitchen
window I sense
the sullen pine tree
fenced between the garage
and the power
lines. I sip, chew, and cast
a thought into the dark,
or rather a question
about the day,
about what might
or might not

Otto Selles lives with his wife and three children in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he teaches French at Calvin College.