Endless Cosmos Recitation

Endless Cosmos Recitation

I wrote this poem to combat my carsickness on a 3-hour road trip. I texted two friends to give me a word as a prompt, one of them suggested “Endless”, the other “Cosmos”. I then picked a random poetic form (by closing my eyes and pointing to a list) and landed on the Villanelle. Thus, “Endless Cosmos” was born.

I was heavily influenced by the music I was listening to. To be specific, I was fixated on two albums: La Dispute’s “Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair”, and Copeland’s “Ixora”. The music, combined with the turmoil I felt with a prior relationship, allowed for me to write this cute little piece right here.


Endless Cosmos

Let the cosmos guide us in a careful dance

To the depths of the endless blue skies

Let us take advantage of this blissful chance

.

Altair and Vega shine in their distant romance

Despite the shimmering river cutting their cries

Let the cosmos guide them in a careful dance.

.

As we lay together in a flowery field entranced

By the scenery‘s orange hues and yellow dyes

Let us take advantage of this rare chance

.

After many doubts, cannots, and “I can’ts”

our hands held together beaten by countless tries

Let the cosmos guide us in this final dance

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And though my “I love you’s” are lost in an expanse

leaving my tears empty and my throat dry

Let me take advantage of this hopeful chance

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after many years I know your final stance

I am not prepared for any goodbyes.

Let the cosmos guide me in a distant dance

Let me take advantage of this hopeful chance.

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