On Want

After Andrew Patterson’s The Vast of Night

Adam D. Weeks

Say there is something in the sky. Say there isn’t. Say we
are just walking the streets at night, beneath yellow lights

and clouds that could hold anything—I want to know
what you would tell me. Say there’s some strange sound
on the radio, say this is found only on frequency. Listen

to the little orchestra behind us, the score behind our beautiful
banter. Say we don’t mind this town around us, we don’t

mind this world around us, say this is us stepping into sky.
Say there’s your answer, unfiltered, brought to you

by me. Let’s leave this could-be roadside stop, this tiny
mom and pop shop, let’s look to the woods. We’ve been
seen through screen and flickering, we’ve been left

begging for the right number to call but this isn’t the time
for that. Say we stay outside, we skip the car ride. Say we take

the time to tell another story. I can’t help but wonder
at the music of our bodies, at how we can hold this

conversation through the static, through the broadcast
interruptions and subtle station changes—I can’t just keep you
on the line. Say this is us coming closer or coming clean.

Say all we are is sitting in a high school stadium or radio station,
we’re standing in a field, chins tilted up in awe, bodies bathed

in light and pulled with wind. Say we hold, each other
and our litany of reasons, close. 

About the Author

Adam D. Weeks has a BA in Creative Writing from Salisbury University and currently lives in Baltimore. He is the social media manager for The Shore and a founding editor of Beaver Magazine. He won the 2022 Third Wednesday Poetry Contest, has been a Pushcart Prize nominee, and has poetry published or forthcoming in Fugue, Poet Lore, Sugar House Review, Sweet: A Literary Confection, Sycamore Review, and elsewhere.