/skyler osborne


I watched a man eat a dove. 
It meant nothing. Somewhere 

he is sleeping and will soon fossilize
like all the children of God. I want to rise 

from that meridian completely outraged. 
My face brightens and declines continuously. 

Everything I’ve read has made me 
rich and disgusting with joy.

The raptors where we play
land and defecate on the cross.

Nothing in the world with purpose, 
nothing symbolic.

No devotion to this kingdom—
lake ice to bleed on.

I run, a beggar in a golden circle,
trying a new music with my hands.

The cosmic hole inside 
each animal is filling with snow.

For The New Earth

Rain on the weapons. Rain
for the open mouths, a new song 
dropping debt in the body. 

Today, shadows.
Instructions for failure.
A lover beginning to walk through the wall.

God damn the shotgun body. 
Face the moon flinching over the drowned.

            Burned barn in the center
and I hate my mistakes. I speak to a sapling, 
faithlessness, the hand that put my dog to rest.

I began to live when a spider crawled through 
the bricks of my dream house.

Skyler Osborne was born in the Midwest. He received an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, TX. His work has recently appeared in Best New Poets, The Colorado Review, Narrative, Ninth Letter, Salt Hill, and elsewhere.