the cigarette won’t smoke itself under this almost-moon
so the man in the shadows stands
there holding the orange glow of burning
that reports the streetlight to the darkness
the smoke reaches from the cigarette
toward the nearest star – the one
the man doesn’t notice as he stands
in the shadows. If there is a question
between them, it remains unasked.
the man continues to smoke
the cigarette until it is done
the orange glow fades
until only the stars are burning
with questions for the moon.