Thursday, 3 May 2012

Leaving for Gliese

If I leave right now, I will be sixty seven when I reach you
My skin blooming again in your ambient glow
A soft red blush will blossom in your climate
Like the dimly-lit atmosphere of a cocktail bar.

Your red sky wears a sunny, starry face
Such beauty will have me always looking upwards
No time to turn around to see the past
Recede behind me at the speed of light.

I will be glad to start again in another universe
There is room in one life for two lifetimes, after all,
I should go out into the night seeking a moonbeam
The one that will lead me to the exit door.

And yet the greens and blues of here still tempt me
Even the greys and browns have subtle tones
That your new look has not yet re-invented
The tugs and ties of gravity are strong.

©  Helena Nolan

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Helena's work has appeared in anthologies and literary magazines including; The Stinging Fly, The Moth, and the Spoken Ink audio website. She is the 2011 winner of the Patrick Kavanagh Award.