Gabriel Welsch

Gabriel Welsch writes fiction and poetry, and is the author of four collections of poems, the most recent of which is The Four Horsepersons of a Disappointing Apocalypse. His first collection of short stories, Groundscratchers, was published in fall 2021. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, with his family, and works as vice president of marketing and communications at Duquesne University.

To Infinity

She jogs the empty corner of the shopping center lot,
where barberries catch the dead leaves.

The wind fills her Buzz Lightyear coat,
thrashing and dingy at the elbow.

The bus hulks against the wind.
She stops and eyebrows my truck

when I wave her across. She grins like the boy
in the shopping cart I saw an hour ago,

in his own Buzz shirt, grin full of stars
at the galaxy he was discovering,

the world slow as understanding. The woman in the lot
already knows what it means to miss

the bus, to be late, to dare to run in front of a car
when you cannot see the driver, your hair a tangle

in a wind that, outside of any car, only you can feel.
The three-finger wave I give is barely visible

above the steering wheel, a hand
of threat and grace, which she won’t know

without that first step. She jogs the crosswalk, the bus
heaves and hisses, its windows reflecting her arms

and shoulders, her face watching the ground,
where the wind shoves leaves in every direction.

NOVUS Literary and
Arts Journal
Lebanon, TN