In the space between here and gone
between the sky foaming with day
and the night lifting my nerves against
its blades, between the
yellowing slackness over there
and the clutch and friction
of here, between holding on
and letting go, between speaking
in the dark and gulping down
the light, between your breath
winding into my skin and
an awareness that the stars
are lobbies on fire, that one day,
I must cross over.

Robert Erichsen
ROBERT ERICHSEN has been published in Sheila-Na-Gig, Pearl, and California State Poetry Review. He is currently working as an advisor in the College of Education at Cal State University -- San Marcos and hopes to start a master's degree in Speech Language Pathology.