By the Natural History Museum

By Mark Belair

Two little tourist girls
held hands

and watched
their mother

the cell phone

their father was
texting with

and throw it
back at him, the device

bouncing off him
and breaking

on the concrete.


Mark Belair’s poems have appeared in numerous journals, including Alabama Literary Review, Atlanta Review, Harvard Review, Michigan Quarterly Review, Poetry East and The South Carolina Review. His most recent collection is Breathing Room (Aldrich Press, 2015). Previous collections include Night Watch (Finishing Line Press, 2013); While We’re Waiting (Aldrich Press, 2013); and Walk With Me (Parallel Press of the University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2012). He has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times. For more information, please visit

Comments are closed.