9:2: “Imagined World”, by Stephen M. Wilson

9:2: “Imagined World”, by Stephen M. Wilson
For John Garrison

Awake on the planet of dreams,
you drift through empty streets
to find him.

Once beside you,
now only isolated depression fills your head.
There he stands, sheer, shadowy
—the phantasm who left you behind—
diffusing white moons.

You float nearer,
through a worm tunnel of spacetime.
Love’s sails billow and he’s sent away again—
your senses, impressions, memories ache.

Return to sleep.
The world he whispered
is no longer yours.


Stephen M. Wilson spent the past three years as Poetry Editor of Doorways Magazine and co-editor of the Dwarf Stars Award anthology. He now edits the Twitterzine microcosms. His own writings have been nominated for a handful of Rhysling Awards and a Gaylactic Spectrum Award and garnered an Honorable Mention from Ellen Datlow in YBFH19. Stephen lives in Stockton, CA. He says:

In the same vein as Sir Walter Raleigh’s “The Nymphs Reply to the Shepherd” to Christopher Marlowe’s “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,” “Imagined World” is a reply to John Garrison’s 2005 Rhysling Nominated “After Cavafy” which first appeared in The Gay & Lesbian Review Worldwide.



4 Responses to “9:2: “Imagined World”, by Stephen M. Wilson”

  1. Linda says:

    This is a sad, beautiful piece that drifts beyond the typical trappings of genre poetry into a genuinely emotional place. Anyone who has lost a loved one will be able to identify.

  2. REN says:

    well done because the speculative aspects of the poem add to its emotional tone instead of overshadow it.

    I esp. like:

    “…diffusing white moons.”

    and

    “Return to sleep.
    The world he whispered
    is no longer yours.”

  3. verlana wilson says:

    Stephen wilson my father just passed away on may 22 he will be remembered

  4. ideomancer says:

    Verlana, we’re so sorry to hear of your loss. Stephen was a wonderful poet. He will indeed be remembered.

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