March 2023 MoonBite- Io: A Love Poem

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 and on Twitter @heart_pages.


Image Credits: United States Geological Survey, available on Unsplash. Graphic design by Teresa Berkowitz.

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