A small boy
standing under an awning
beside his dad and toddler-sister
with his hands in his pockets
looking out to the rain

in deep study of
standing under an awning
with your hands in your pockets
looking out to the rain;

seems in acquisition
of another angle—
this one calm and patient—
from which to witness
long, changeable days.

Mark Belair’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Alabama Literary Review, Atlanta Review, The Cincinnati Review, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry East, and The South Carolina Review. Mark’s latest collection is Watching Ourselves (Unsolicited Press, 2017). Previous collections include Breathing Room (Aldrich Press, 2015); Night Watch (Finishing Line Press, 2013); While We’re Waiting (Aldrich Press, 2013); and Walk With Me (Parallel Press of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2012). He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize multiple times.