What I don’t know

Every time I look to the sky,
my heart expands with clichéd phrases of vastness, unfathomabity, small ‘we’ in a great expanse.

i stand here tonight,

my head cocked back,

my love for the people i know, & those i don’t pressing at my chest

i know orion, but cant find the pleidies

write about the stars

not Everest

IMG_3404not your untapped Everest,
not the road to a better life
not the way to your long lost lover
not even a path to safety or a better life for your family
you are not welcome here, you will receive no basket of goodies,
& coupons & curious stares from the neighborhood

you might be met with an absent-minded flick,
or a well placed shoe that pretends not to
you might be met with something more toxic —
a well placed bowl of sweets, intended to distract you from you aim

write a poem that involves describing something in terms of what it is not, or not like. For example, if you chose a whale as the topic of your poem, you might have lines like “It does not settle down in trees at night, cooing/Nor will it fit in your hand.”