Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Averted Vision

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

Averted Vision

Article excerpt

There are no streetlights where my cottage hides

within a forest. Nights there grant a cold

permission to the stars who drag along

their lazy arc. Away from manmade glare,

those tiny bubbles pierce the blackest ink

from where they draw their strength-the darkness moves

aside for light-and dimmer stars shine most

when seen from out of sight. Just look an inch

or less away and see it scream to life

as though a thing directly viewed cannot

exist because the eye beholds it. We

are much the same. We pale, become demure

when called upon, but in our DNA

is supernova. Why? What force constrains

our gamma burst? Are we not made of stars?

Our central mass should cause accretion, pull

them-moons and planets, lovers-into us,

ensnaring them with gravity they can't

withstand. Be circumpolar stars, then. Don't

descend below a lesser body's frail

horizon. …

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