They say the only country in deep space
is where the last refrain is in a traveler’s eyes
the laughter of a black hole
that escaped its own darkness.
I believed in the divine as the only answer
as the only means of acceptance
I learned to love the silence
left behind in rubble and waste, an observatory
laced with curiosity of the eternal
where suffering begins in stillness
and ends in motion, as if
a gravity worthy of faith in God
where before everything
there was only Existence
I am a Kansan and a graduate student (Seaton Fellow) at Kansas State University. My poems have appeared in Touchstone Literary Magazine, The Underground, and others. Along with writing poetry, I enjoy spending time with my cat, Sebastian, and planning my next adventure.