The Astrophysicist's Tango Partner Speaks

Tonight I will not turn my eyes skyward
to ask the purpose of the Universe,
or wonder if the light of a particular star
had traveled longer than the Sphinx has lain
unblinking. Neither will I marvel how
the moon's unburnished dirt makes visible
the perfections and flaws of my lover's face;
nor will I dwell on the persistent taste of her skin
which lingers on, lingers on my tongue like
the consonants and vowels of a stubborn song.
No, I will not unnipple my lips
to brim the enigma, to hymn the common
mysteries, for they have been considered,
and though unfathomed, they have all been sung;

S. A. Oleksy

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