a promise and a secret

written in stone


clutched like a dying heart


a life untethered

in the loveless ether


neither held

nor hoped for


too painful to remember

too impossible to forget


an anomaly of dark matter

gone supernova


between the rock of truth

and the hard place of hurt


nerves exposed in stars’ ignition

transmissions muted


space at a standstill


for it is

both now…


and never again.


by Edward Canavan


Edward L. Canavan (January 19, 1971 – ) is an American poet whose work has been published in such underground and revolutionary journals as Bleeding Hearts, Vice and Verse, Eagle’s Flight, and Oxford Comma. He currently resides in a small room by the freeway in North Hollywood, Ca.

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