Saxophone dreams

It looked like the silhouette of a rifle on guard,
shooting at the next enemy. Turns out it was

nothing but a saxophone pointing downward
collecting some blues, and then there was

music and it was like the entire world
turned on a pin, turned from all bad

to all good even though it was the blues
and I listened to that song over and over

until I could hum it for you right now,
if you like.


Casey Killingsworth has work in The American Journal of Poetry, Better Than Starbucks, The Moth, Two Thirds North, and other journals. His most recent book is A nest blew down from Kelsay Books. A new collection, Freak show (Fernwood Press), is due out in late 2022. Casey has a degree from Reed College.