Views from the Telemetry Unit – a poem by Alan Toltzis

Views from the Telemetry Unit

Small bits of light
hover in the low afternoon clouds
pretending to be angels.

By 3 AM,
the soul can be a rusting hulk
in the corner of a desolate parking lot
but still glisten with dew
if the temperature and humidity are right.

The heart already knows every dance step.
Give it music.
Give it air.


Alan Toltzis is the author of 49 Aspects of Human Emotionand The Last Commandment. A two-time Pushcart nominee, he has published in numerous print and online journals including, Grey Sparrow, The Wax Paper, Hummingbird, IthacaLit, and Poetry NI. He serves as a Contributing Editor for The Saturday Poetry Series in As It Ought to Be Magazine and as an Editor for the Mizmor Poetry Anthology. Find him online at and follow him @ToltzisAlan.

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