Poetry by Dillon Reyes
Mercury blue measures the distance
from here to the moon —
it’s not very far.
And silver dances in the mercury’s
murky waters, measuring
the distance between here
and the water’s surface.
He tries to close his eyes,
he tries, but there’s nothing to see
either way, and he
wonders what the point is
too much to succeed.
the sea doesn’t mind,
and neither does he.
There’s no running start,
no grand theatrics,
one step, and he’s
dancing with his silver mistress.
He only questions the
distance for a matter of minutes.
Dillon Reyes is a senior creative writer at the North East School of the Arts.
In celebrating high school writers, their teachers and writing programs, we asked teachers to select two works by their students, and a poem of their own.
Jim LaVilla-Havelin is the Express-News poetry editor. “West,” his fifth collection of poems, was published in 2017 by Wings Press. Send poems to Poetry, Express-News Book Editor, P.O. Box 2171, San Antonio, TX 78297-2171 (40-line limit).