Photography © Edward S. Gault



I am the American
kissing the sky with a manicured
lawn with skeletons
buried in the backyard
two point five brats
staring at a dull
please don’t wake me
please don’t
wake me when it’s almost over


Thom Young is a writer from Texas. His work has been in PBS Newshour, The Wall Street Journal, The Oxford Review, and over a hundred literary journals. A 2008 Million Writers Award and 2016 Pushcart Prize nominee.

Edward S. Gault is a poet and fine art photographer. He lives at Mosaic Commons, a co-housing community in Berlin, Massachusetts.