By the Starlight Café
Michael Galko

I sit for an hour
as the stars brighten

I try to count
all the constellations

formed only
from triangles

then I go to sleep
with my problems

tucked safely
in the night sky

Michael Galko is an Associate Professor of Genetics at MD Anderson Cancer Center. His laboratory studies wound healing and pain. He has lived about a third of his life each in New England, California, and Texas. He also writes poetry. About fifteen years ago, Michael had a handful of poems published in Nimrod and The Distillery. He reads regularly in Houston. Most recently, he was chosen as one of the juried poets at the 2016 Houston Poetry Fest and had poems published in Dark Matter, The Red River Review, and The World Haiku Review. He has poems forthcoming at Dos Gatos Press and bottle rockets.