At the mercy of such pristine majesty,
everything manmade simplifies,
like some haphazard fraction.
No terrific, mottled Appaloosas—only the innocent
infinity of their barnyards
everywhere; simultaneous lengths of all
time and roads compacted,
creaking, and anonymously on display.
Even at the bracing
smokewhite of daybreak,
all seems equally
dazzling and incidental,
slowed to a dead pause on the brink
of immeasurable sleep. But in this breach,
what unsought but remarkable
freedom exists: every tightfisted
and usual path
having just been—humanely erased.
Dan Smart is a freelance writer, poet, and musician, as well as a regular contributor to online music publication Tiny Mix Tapes and music producer at ECHO/NORMAL recording studio in Chicago, IL. He received his BA in Creative Writing from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2006, where he has since returned to guest-lecture on poetry on several occasions. Recent publications include Spoon River Poetry Review (Winter 2016), poetry/criticism blog Structure And Surprise, and the daily poetry blog, Rhythm Is The Instrument, on which he’s collected over 1,300 original poems, and counting.