Astropoetica: Mapping the Stars through Poetry


Mass map of Abell 1689

Credit: NASA, ESA, E. Jullo (JPL/LAM), P. Natarajan (Yale) and J-P. Kneib (LAM), some rights reserved

Keep climbing
out there
beyond oscillating planets and
hot stars.
Space is dark
like deep caves
where spiders burrow,
without direction.

You are specks of dew
coasting down
in my body.
you see nothing,
but you feel us moving

No shame in this:
our real enemy
is the space where I cannot gather,
where I cannot hold you
together; a
vastness so cold,
— hungering —
that it will gobble you up
and leave you childless.

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Kayleigh Ayn Bohémier's work has most recently appeared in With Painted Words and Eternal Haunted Summer. She has also written a serialized webnovel called Akačehennyi on a Diet of Dreams. Bohémier is currently working on her MLIS in eScience Librarianship. She lives in the Finger Lakes Region, where she tweets as @kayebohemier.