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Poetry by Dillon Reyes

June 1, 2018

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.

It’s alright—

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).