The Gift of Loitering

is just a little time, space, the fullness
& absence thereof, a kingdom

wherein the heart won’t shut its mouth.
Eyes become ears. Or vice versa.

Either you have it or you don’t.
But you can’t just stand there.

Stephen Hitchcock

Stephen Hitchcock received an MFA in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His poems have appeared in Juxtaprose, Ruminate, storySouth, Post Road, and elsewhere. He serves as the executive director of The Haven, a low-barrier day shelter and housing resource center in downtown Charlottesville, VA.

The anesthetists discuss astronomy
The Tyndall Effect