Mawi Sonna

Griever

They say the only country in deep space

is where the last refrain is in a traveler’s eyes


light

               the laughter of a black hole

               that escaped its own darkness.


I believed in the divine as the only answer

and sacrifice


               as the only means of acceptance

yet

               I learned to love the silence


left behind in rubble and waste, an observatory

of prayers


               laced with curiosity of the eternal

               where suffering begins in stillness


and ends in motion, as if


perhaps

               memory becomes

               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.

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