from the study of a cytherean lover:
astronomy traced by fingertips stained,
with tobacco and space dust;
antique tapers, parchment paper,
leather bound journals soaked in mahogany –
and he left me with the cosmos.
an eclipse – hushed loving between celestial bodies –
a cigar pressed ardently ‘twixt his lips;
he blew halos around the moon –
told me how each night it’d be sent away,
was but only a promise to be back soon.
“the old astronomer to his pupil”;
a jovian lullaby, the old telescope hums,
constellations cloaked in notes of night;
tell me of the love icarus had for the sun,
venus blushes at the sight.
a solar system romance –
the stars sighed in unison.
this piece is an adaptation of pride ed's "stars in the study," featuring the final line of michael faudet's "stars."