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Scott Hughes

My Father Names the Plants

As we stroll the edges of his property,
my father points along the tree line
and names the different plants—
bald cypress, red maple, pink lantern—
but in that moment, he’s not
recalling them from memory:
He’s bestowing the names upon them,
creating them for me.


Scott Hughes has three books available at www.writescott.com.


 

 

Scott Hughes

Dissolution

Some nights when I dream of you,
I realize I’m dreaming, so I talk to you
like we no longer do, ask you
the questions you will not answer
in the waking world, hold you
until you vanish when my eyes open.


Scott Hughes has a book of poetry, The Universe You Swallowed Whole, out now and a new book coming out in September, Horrors & Wonders, so please visit www.writescott.com.


 

Pushcart Nominee 2019

Scott Hughes

Perma-Ring

People told me that after you wear
your wedding band long enough,
there would be a permanent
indentation on your finger,
but what they didn’t tell me,
what they may not have even known,
is once you leave the ring off
how soon your skin forgets.


Keep reading, and Scott Hughes will keep writing. www.writescott.com


 

Scott Hughes

Anniversary

Today, on what would have been
our seventeenth anniversary,
I am instead alone, waist-deep
in the Atlantic, burying my feet
in sand like wet cement and leaning
toward the empty beach to steady
myself against the pull
of a wave building behind me,
and I wonder why I’m resisting
the ocean’s desire to carry me

farther out until the land
and everything I know
is too far away to see.


Scott Hughes has two books coming out, so check his website: www.writescott.com


 

Scott Hughes

Silver Dog

My sixteen-year-old
Mini Schnauzer
can barely walk
and often stands
in place, staring
at a wall or down
an empty hallway
as though a voice
only he can hear
is calling him close,
perhaps telling him
what a good boy
he’ll always be.


Scott Hughes has two books coming out, so check his website: www.writescott.com


 

Scott Hughes

Perma-Ring

People told me that after you wear
your wedding band long enough,
there would be a permanent
indentation on your finger,
but what they didn’t tell me,
what they may not have even known,
is once you leave the ring off
how soon your skin forgets.


Keep reading, and Scott Hughes will keep writing. www.writescott.com


 

Scott Hughes

Signal

When my father called
and asked how I was doing,
the words I wanted to say
escaped me in an exhale,
traveled through the phone
to the nearest cell tower
to the outer atmosphere
and off to who knows where,
and all I could tell him was
“I’m good, Dad. I’m good.”


Scott Hughes writes because he must. https://www.writescott.com/