Four Way Books
Anxious Music
by April Ossmann

ISBN-10: 1-884800-81-5
ISBN-13: 978-1-884800-81-8
paper, 52 pages, $15.95

The point being when a star dies
      the light continues for years
yet illuminates nothing here,
      not the cottage edging the lakeshore,
which from this distance
      is not lit, but marked, by its light;
the same way the firefly suddenly starring
      my windshield illuminates neither
the dark highway or splattered window,
      but only its own small deathplace.
I observe how its light
      doesn’t vanish or dim immediately,
but shrinks slowly, as if receding.
      My sadness for the firefly blooms larger and darker
than I can fathom, drawing the no I’d use
      for human loss, but dwindling with realization
at the cry’s end. The point being
      that the light lives on...
and that it disappears.