Io: A Love Poem To never touch your atmosphere To never breathe you in To know you don't know, you don't know To change one, changes Every One When you changed my world you changed The World To always see you through a lens To always magnify Makes you closer, makes us close Makes your world my world too You don't think like me; You don't think at all And yet you are speaking in circles, in ovals, in sunbeams, and you yell in the dark You have no hands I can hold Or mouth I can kiss But you whisper secrets to me that suns will never tell. I revolve: But there are other planets, I know whose pull keeps you there, turning at such speed in my sight Maybe I, too, have moons of my own who I show the speed of light slower, now, slower, than we ever dreamed of but fast enough still to brighten my shadow when it comes The candle you lit in my darkness will come back to you in time To light One lights Every One - We Thank You.
About the Author:
Michelle Cristiani teaches reading and writing at Portland Community College in Portland, Oregon. She has a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of New Mexico. She won the Margarita Donnelly Prose Prize from Calyx Press in 2018 for her memoir of stroke recovery at age 42.
She has another memoir excerpt forthcoming in Inverted Syntax next year.
Published work has been featured in On The Run, SadGirlsClub, and Apple in the Dark She has also been published in Awakenings Review and Verseweavers (Oregon Poetry Association). She won the OPA’s 2015 Experimental Poetry contest and placed in the New Poet category.
You can find her at heart-pages.com and on Twitter @heart_pages.
Image Credits: United States Geological Survey, available on Unsplash. Graphic design by Teresa Berkowitz.