Giving Up The Stars

Stars are only above us if you believe what you see

reality is upside down till our eyes turn it all around.

What makes the mind search for patterns and shapes

in this eye of chaos?

Drawing on the mythology of constellations

is our grammar

to point to

and declare

we know nothing

but we don’t know it

cause we’ve got a name for everything

even breaks of light

that might be millions of years dead.

Still, I see stars in sugar grains

Saturn’s rings in coffee stains

and still I dare take cloth and wipe it all away

as my mouth to yours

to kiss your lips clean

opening new galaxies as wide as a handful of sand to the wind

and your mouth shines copper pennies upon the sea

moody, deep, your eyes

taste saltwater tides

the undertow of your lashes carries me over shipwrecks of dead lovers

and every first kiss is a rebirth, a religion

a leap of faith

lead by a heart that hopes it knows where it’s going

prays it won’t break

as horizons are folded in on themselves

and we see more with eyes squeezed shut.


11 thoughts on “Giving Up The Stars

  1. redplace

    It’s really amazing what we can actually see with our eyes closed and when we shut off the world around us. Brings us closer to the things we really need to learn about ourselves. Wise words.

    1. cottonbombs Post author

      My grade eleven science teacher taught its better to face the darkness by looking at it out of the corners of your eyes. Those words have always stuck, though I failed science.

  2. bellesogni

    Thank you Peter.
    I wish I had one adjective to describe how it made me feel.
    I don’t, so I’ll just say again, thank you.

  3. Steven Myers

    gets me thinking of whore houses i’ve seen on tv, the ones with sun roof parlors with that pbs show about star gazing playing loudly to drown out all the other sounds, but seriosly, “seeing in sugar grains” and see more with eyes squeezed shut” screams as a revolt against the run of the mill effusive wailings of how erotic love is so often pictured on tv…that staring into ech other’s eyes which seems kind of exageratted and too any other addiction.
    some cultures that are not the least bit religious refuse to even look at each other..out of respect.

    1. cottonbombs Post author

      Sure, many Asian cultures have a hard time spending too much time literally looking each other in the eyes. Metaphorically, we’re all in the same boat.

  4. granbee

    Aha–I KNEW there was something different about you lately–you were falling in love! I am so extremely pleased for you and pray your faith is borne out a thousand-fold! So many horizons you can cross together!


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