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.
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
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
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.