‘Star Gazing’ is a poetry inspired by the work of Robert Okaji, a poet.
His poem, Falling, was published in Issue Two of Into the Void Magazine, which I edit. The poem is extremely short, nine little lines, but in that small space, he expresses the entirety of the emptiness of loss. Every word is necessary.
Short poetry is much more capable of being powerful than longer poetry. As a general rule for writing, the more the words, the higher the chance of the piece weakening.
I wrote this poem as both a kind of tribute to Robert’s poem and also as an exercise in brevity.
The good times never last, hence the adjective.
Always we are surprised. When the cloth of our
lives unravels, we spin & spin, shot into space,
shedding all that we thought made us who we are
until we are beached & broken, cupping our very
essence in trembling hands. In the reflection, like
waking, we see the truth of ourselves & dismantle
the lie: not a possession or a person or a product
of circumstance, happiness is just a moment.
When the clay of our existence dries, cracks &
crumbles, we look to the stars for an answer
and find only light.
~ Philip Elliott