Bodies in Space

Where we turned in wartime.

green and purple galaxy illustration

We became a constellation of bodies, orbiting the war.

which war? any war.

We saw one another as we saw its agents, half monsters,

half men.

                                    and the children.

We looked for patterns, traced the blood, and still we

could not see its inside.

                                    still, we asked

One another, what do you see?

                                    and sometimes said nothing

And sometimes we were a chorus of bodies in orbit,

                                    looking into ––

We were there, I saw the others looking through––

                                    it was so much

We could not take it in

                                    it held us to one another

Still, we turned.


Inspired by the art of Roberto Matta, especially Inside Outside.

Author: Stacey C. Johnson

I keep watch and listen, mostly in dark places.

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