Talking to the Moon

They call it a cold place,
an emptiness,
shadow,
cracked mirror hanging
in the galaxy’s empty room.

Don’t listen to them.
Like every distant thing,
there’s so much more to it
than what we think we know.

Not all cold things are lifeless,
dear reader.
Not all that listens is silent.

The truth is the moon
is alive with glisten,
it is time’s open mouth.

It hums with story,
longing to answer
what we’ve always longed
to ask the night:

How endless is the sky?

What breath makes the clouds
drift like lace across the water?

How do we enter the dark
and hold enough light
to find our way back out?

Bryce Emley is the author of the prose chapbooks A Brief Family History of Drowning (winner of the 2018 Sonder Press Chapbook Prize) and Smoke and Glass (Folded Word, 2018). A Narrative 30 Below 30 poet and a recipient of awards and residencies from Aspen Autumn Words, the Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Glen Workshop, the Wesleyan Summer Writers Conference, and the Pablo Neruda Prize, Bryce works as a content writer and is Co-Editor of Raleigh Review.

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