We fought,
     broke up.
But she called again an hour ago.
     “Yes,” I answered,
then went outside to walk the dog.

Only the sky goes on forever.
     Like love and sex and parenthood,
the grown-ups can’t explain it.
     But from the backyard tonight
it seems to be a blanket roof
     draped across our make-believe.

Name the stars and travel there.
     Never have to stop.
Never have to start again.


Hardy Coleman spent several weeks crashing on Denis Johnson’s couch in 1972. has cooked dinner for the B-52’s and the Rolling Stones and Charlton Heston once rolled his eyes at Mr. Coleman in an airport. He lives in Minneapolis with Patricia Enger, drag racing queen of Jackson County.