I tell the black dog that his coat is so shiny— good boy licks my face --- black beans at midnight— last night's dream of Christ's return made the day feel strange --- the two hens eat oats & blueberries in their coop— cold wind before snow --- could it be Venus? wispy clouds race in front of a twinkly planet --- truck backs up & beeps— the dog sniffs the deflated orange basketball --- bio/graf J. D. Nelson (b. 1971) experiments with words in his subterranean laboratory. His poems have appeared in many small press publications, worldwide, since 2002. He is the author of ten chapbooks and e-books of poetry, including *Cinderella City* (The Red Ceilings Press, 2012). Nelson’s first full-length collection is *in ghostly onehead* (Post-Asemic Press, 2022). Visit MadVerse.com for more information and links to his published work. His haiku blog is at JDNelson.net. Nelson lives in Colorado, USA.