People pause to watch skywriting. Put their lives on hold to witness the birth of letters, of words, of sentences growing into sentiments. Congrats to our grandson on graduating. All our love to the newlyweds. Fifty percent off at Mike’s Tires…The sky becomes both a natural and manufactured canvas, and anyone can create a masterpiece for the right price. Eyes become transfixed on smoke spilling from planes, guessing at the formation of special occasions worthy of advertising, until the message overhead fades and is no longer legible, and the people are forced back into living too much on the earth.

Daniel Romo is the author of Romancing Gravity (Silver Birch Press, 2013) and When Kerosene’s Involved (Black Coffee Press, 2013). He teaches English and creative writing, and accepts and rejects prose poems as the Poetry Editor for Cease, Cows. He lives in Long Beach, CA and at danielromo.net