The Known Universe

He pointed to the page and said
   put a sun in here, a star

something to remind your reader of the infinite.
   Put the infinite here, he said.

I didn’t think Polaris or Orion, I thought war,
which went on before and after,

throughout the known and unknown universe

A version Published in *82 (Star 82 Journal)

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Wendy Taylor Carlisle lives in the Arkansas Ozarks. She is the author of four books, including, The Mercy of Traffic, winner of the Phillip H. McMath 2020 Post-Publication Award and five chapbooks. Her work appears in Atlanta Review, Mom Egg Review, pacificREVIEW and this spring Doubleback Books reprinted her 2008 book, Discount Fireworks as a free download.