Finding His Way into the Dark

Credits: first published in Strange Horizons 
Content warnings: Animal cruelty/death; suicide

He stood at the edge
of what the map said
was once a buffalo jump

as the last sign
of sun disappeared

                  below the horizon.

Brian Beatty is the author of four poetry collections: Borrowed Trouble, Dust and Stars: Miniatures (Cholla Needles Press, 2019 and 2018), Brazil, Indiana: A Folk Poem (Kelsay Books, 2017), and Coyotes I Couldn't See (Red Bird Chapbooks, 2016). He is working on a book, to be called Hobo Radio.