Ardell Stauffer
Photo by Michal Kubicek

In the arithmetic of the dead it’s one day.
Forty thousand cars passing catch light
like the windowed glint of dragonfly wings.
Yellow sulfurs flutter their complement,
moving among the hillside’s purple vetch.

Quiet in earth, the dead watch the sun
hush across the single sky, warm and slow,
moving through unbroken blue
like all things swing steady through time
and motion toward the one silence.

ARDELL STAUFFER lives and works in Hesston, Kansas. He is a native of Iowa.