Summer, 2006 / No. 16

The sky, lit up like a question or

an applause meter, is beautiful

like everything else today: the leaves

in the gutters, salt stains on shoes,

the girl at the I.G.A. who looks just like

Julie Delpy, but you don’t tell her—

she’s too young to get the reference and

coming from you it’ll just seem creepy.

So much beauty today you can’t find

room for it, closets already filled

with beautiful trees and smells and

glances and clever turns of phrase.

Behind the sky there’s a storm

on the way, which, with your luck,

will be a beautiful storm—dark

clouds beautiful as they arguably are,

the rain beautiful as it always is—

even lightning can be beautiful in a

scary kind of way (there’s a word

for that, but let’s forget it for the moment).

And maybe the sun will hang in long

enough to light up a few raindrops—

like jewels or glass or those bright beads

girls put between the letters on the

bracelets that spell out their beautiful names—

Skye or Miranda or Veranda—which isn’t

a name really, although it’s also a word

we use to call things what they are,

and would be a pleasant place to sit

and watch the beautiful sky, beautiful

storm, the people with their beautiful

names on their way toward the lake

in lovely clothing saying unpleasant

things over the phone about the people

they work with, all of it just adding to the

motherlode, the surfeit of beauty,

which on this day, is just a fancy way

of saying lots, too much, skid loads, plenty.

Kevin Connolly is a poet, freelance editor, and the author of several poetry collections, including Xiphoid Process. He was Taddle Creek’s copy editor from 2003 to 2022, and first contributed poetry in 2002. Last updated fall, 2022.