A Certain Type of Decisive

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Jack and June went up the dune to fetch a pail of water. There was none. It was a desert.

(Two Voice Poem for Two Heartbeats Competition)

The Astronaut

May 23, 2020

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(The Astronaut)
I think this would make the cruelest prison
The most brutal punishment
To strip a man of everything that makes him human
Every sense the body has is useless-
No sound, no taste, no sight-
There's nothing hot or cold
Nothing pressing against your skin
Perhaps this is what death feels like

(The Void)
He wishes he could hold the stars in his hands
Use them as handholds and footholds
He wishes he could go back home

(The Astronaut)
I want to go back home

(The Void)
He'll go home
One way or another
But he will not forget

(The Astronaut)
Did you know the star don't twinkle out here?
There is no atmosphere to distort them
To hide them
They don't pulsate and blink
Stars, they hold steady gazes

(The Void)
I think it's funny that humans make maps of the stars
They constellate the universe to try to understand
But it's just random
And uncaring

(The Astronaut)
I am
I am the only thing that is 
Out here, amid all this nothing
I have to stay awake- my dreams are all to similar
It's so dark

(The Void)
I am not
I am the only thing that isn't
I surround all these somethings
All these bright white spacesuits
And bright, bright stars
I am so dark

(Both)
And I don't know what it means to be awake

(The Astronaut)
I think this would the cruelest prison
A billion trillion eyes, all focused on me

(The Void)
They are not focused on him

(The Astronaut)
Unyielding and undying
Everything out here stays exactly where you left it
Nothing ever changes

(The Void)
But oh, don't you know, my astronaut?
Nothing is undying, not even the stars
Not even me
Nothing stays the same for eve a moment
The light the stars provide is running out
The stars are dead, but they're light still runs from the tragedy
That's something you'd understand

(The Astronaut)
I ran
I ran from everything and everyone
I ever loved
When the world I love decays it will become another
But I will not
I will stay up here forever, my body will rot and not regrow

(The Void)
He hasn't seen enough to know this isn't true
He is
And everything that is must continue to be
It is the nature of being
Did you know the stars twinkle out here?
They pulsate and flash
Lashing out into my emptiness
Reaching for something they cannot touch
He will return, but he won't forget
He won't forget that he once confused his body for the dark

(The Astronaut)
Every sense the body has is useless-
No sound, no taste, no sight-
There's nothing hot or cold
Nothing pressing against your skin

(The Void)
For a brief moment, he knew nothing
He felt nothing
He experienced nothing
The terror that followed could not be outrun
No matter how many times he was
He couldn't forget, for a brief moment, he wasn't

(Both)
Yes, I think this would make the worst prison

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6 Comments
  • HeyThereRose

    Just w o w . This is incredible


    6 months ago
  • mia_:)

    Such a creative take on a two voice poem! I love it!


    6 months ago
  • AbiJoy

    v/ accurate quarantine mood


    6 months ago
  • Two Heartbeats

    The start kind of reminds me of this scene from the movie Another Earth. Your thought process is really cool.


    6 months ago
  • Two Heartbeats

    I love this a lot. This conversation. This scene and story is so so beautiful. I loved this bit:
    (The Astronaut)
    I think this would the cruelest prison
    A billion trillion eyes, all focused on me

    (The Void)
    They are not focused on him.
    But amazing amazing job.


    6 months ago
  • kealoha

    Wow this was so interesting to read. Wonderful :)


    6 months ago