13:4: “The Star Reader’s Almanac” by Alexandra Seidel

13:4: “The Star Reader’s Almanac” by Alexandra Seidel
The night is open like a book begging to be read
there is, in its starry letters, catabasis to be had
and the dream of falling up and under
the spell of sky

I bind my firmament to the night sky
and the night sky binds to all other things
above and beyond, links
fates together like soft wool to thread

Inscribed book of firmaments and fates,
rocks pages like cradles just beyond that strip
of horizon, trips black holes in words,
grudges in their own dark,
and longing in the distance between stars

Alexandra Seidel writes poems and stories of things born from imagination and dreams. Some of her work can be found in Goblin Fruit, Mythic Delirium, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere. If you are so inclined you can follow Alexa on Twitter (@Alexa_Seidel) or read her blog: www.tigerinthematchstickbox.blogspot.com. She says:

This poem actually began with the first line, which just happened to plant itself in my brain during a bout of creativity. The rest just fell into place around it like any constellation would.

Photograph of hoarfrost in Niedersachsen, Germany, by Daniel Schwen, is provided under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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