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Short Poem: A Boy's Eye

Nick's a graduate of USF, where he studied English and Philosophy. He also attended Columbia University's MFA Creative Writing program.

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A Boy’s Eye

A boy’s eye is mirrored

in a water droplet

on the passenger side window.

The boy draws the shape of a buffalo

in the condensation, wavering

from gray to yellow

as the car’s headlights speed

through Hanging Lake Tunnel.

The cold flicker of halogen

whips overhead. The boy

struggles against his seatbelt,

until, inevitably, he’s distracted

by a colorful box

of animal crackers.

He asks his dad,

"Dad, why are there so many animals

that we can only see in zoos?"