Southern Legitimacy Statement: Mike Horan was raised in the South but now makes his home in the desert outside Palm Springs, California.
I get up while it’s still dark
Over 100 before eight a.m.
The summer usual
But I need to get outside and
move around the neighborhood
my space before
locking myself in the cool cave of home
and all us nocturnes can venture out again.
Dress: shorts, t-shirt, sneakers.
Bathroom: piss, brush teeth, splash water on face.
Out the door, water in hand.
Racing up the street
Straight at the mountains
as if I am Ali Baba
going to my treasure cave.
My treasure is more mundane.
I want my back to the mountain
when the sun comes upand whips night away
like a magician revealing a trick
and the world that is my valley revealed.
I bow and head home
back to the shadows.