Ron Riekki’s books include U.P.: a novel (nominated for the Sewanee Writers Series and Great Michigan Read), The Way North: Collected Upper
Peninsula New Works (2014 Michigan Notable Book awarded by the Library of Michigan, Eric Hoffer Book Award finalist and shortlisted for the Grand Prize, 2014 Midwest Book Award finalist, Foreword Book of the Year finalist, and 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist), and Here: Women Writing on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (2016 IPPY/Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal Great Lakes—Best Regional Fiction and a 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Award—Short Story finalist).
It will be the high point of his life.
Although he gets higher than the tractors
on the farm down the street.
He looks all silver now,
basking in the heat of success,
if you can call a left-hook
a right-hook. I remember
when we’d look at the Sears
catalogue lingerie. It was like
finding out your dog didn’t die.
It was like finding out Christmas
was tomorrow, again, so you can drag
the burned tree back into the house
for more presents to ensure poverty.
But it was better than that, the loss of eyes.