For this assignment, we were told to channel Noelle Kocot. However, I was also reading Joe Bolton at the same time, so the end result is a combination of the two, though my professor thinks it’s more Bolton influenced. Actually, I’m ok with that. If you haven’t read either of these poets, I would recommend them both. Kocot is just so weird. I love it. Bolton gives me all the feels. All. The. Feels. If you can only read one of his poems, please read “The Distance.” That piece brings me to the brink of tears every time I read it. It’s my favorite Joe Bolton poem and one of my top ten favorite poems of all time. Anyway, so at time time I wrote this, I was obsessed with the concept of the starlight we see being from something that ceased to exist billions of years ago. I mean, if you really stop to think about that, it’s mind blowing. The voice is a pretty big departure from my usual voice and that was really fun to play with.
They went to the countryside—
attempting to hide from the glaring skyline
Because she wanted to see the stars.
“We didn’t need to come here.”
He saw the stars in her eyes but not
the way her face scrunched at his
“We’re all just clichés—clichés with feet,” she said,
Her way of absolving him.
“Is it a cliché if it’s true?”
She hesitated, a conscious act to spare him, then said,
She looked back to the stars
their cold, dead light a remembrance
Of something long extinguished
their names forgotten.
He looked to her instead of the sky
as though he were Galileo.
She never asked to be heliocentric,
couldn’t shake his orbit.
His racing heart and fevered blood
would be the death of him.
She wanted to care, or at least to feel guilty
for being his source of condemnation.
It would have to be good enough.
She watched the sky and he watched her,
Memorizing her constellations,
basking in her heat,
Never once considering that
her life was starlight.