Things Learned


You caught

me staring up a tree,

and seeing through its branches

a brilliant blue sky that

shimmers with limelight.


The book

fell, heavy, from its shelf

and landed on your foot—

it had been unread

and unrequited.


You clapped

for the long-haired man

who sat on the rock and

strummed silly things on

his guitar.


All this

was in one day, then

you handed me that book.


“Keep it. I kind of hate it

right now.”


Cory Stevens is a senior-year English major at Shippensburg University. He was previously published in a 2006 national poetry anthology titled Timeless Voices. This past year, he wrote and directed a one-act comedy, Family Dinner, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the on-campus literary journal. Several of his short stories have been published within its pages. While not at school, he can be found at home in Northampton, Pennsylvania.