‘Collapse’

by Shay Vera-Cruz

It has a sound: the wide solitude of gravity

               in the breath between one star &

                             the next.

imagine suns,                   scarce

              inches apart.

                             & still possessed by

                                          unassailable

              distance:

                             summer frosted diamond &

                             sharp;

 

                             rain rising up,

                             instead of falling.

The patience

              of storms like waiting giants.

 

When it rains                 Atlas bites his tongue

              as the sky dares to buckles under

                            its own weight & he

wonders if this

                                          is what he must

                                                        sustain for.

 

It has a sound: a heavy hand in the dark,

                            trees falling in counterpoint—

 

                            the space between a body &

                                          its elements;

between a thing &

                                          itself.

                                                      How absence

is its own kind of silence & how

                            the night can sink so dark &

                                                         heavy

it becomes something

                           you have to carry.

The Poor Print

The Oriel College Newspaper. Run by students, with contributions from the JCR, MCR, and SCR & Staff. Current Executive Editors: Tom Davy, Joanna Engle and Chris Hill

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