Weatherlurker (II)

“NASA’s Kepler Spacecraft Discovers New Batch of Earthlike Planets”
—National Geographic

                    Hard to contain my relief—
          I hope one is like our Earth
                              but devoid of human-like creatures
                    Only weather
                              and birds that eat them
                    I imagine falling asleep
          among the flora
                              and not waking up
          not even when it rains

Timothy Otte’s work has appeared in or is forthcoming from SAND Journal, the minnesota review, Paper Darts, and elsewhere. He is a 2014-15 Loft Mentor Series winner and is currently at work on his first book. He is from and lives in the Twin Cities, Minnesota, but he keeps a home on the internet: