Walking the Dog in Winter
The dark's companion animals,
we circle the giant moon the lake
becomes every morning and night.
It's too early or too late or too cold
for any neighbors to make it out.
So lost in the fog of our own breath
we walk alone, just the two of us,
like the brush stroke of an old, blind
zen master we'll also never meet.
Brian's jokes, poems and stories have appeared in numerous print and online publications, including Alba, Bark, Conduit, elimae, The Evergreen Review, Exquisite Corpse, 5_trope, Gulf Coast, Hobart, McSweeney's Internet Tendency and Quarterly Concern, The Moth, Opium, Phoebe, The Quarterly and Seventeen. His humor collection DUCK! was published in 2009. Ravenna Press will publish his poetry chapbook Earliest Bird Calls later this year.