JupiterA Poem by Lexy
This is my first performance piece.
The stars are out now.
The Sun has gone down
so the stars must be up.
I can ask them for answers
though I know they won't respond.
I can trust them.
Though I know they can't help,
at least it's something.
But when I look up
as I zip my jacket to protect against the cold,
the only thing I can see is Jupiter.
I know it's Jupiter
because it's so brilliantly bright
and shines confidently in the sky,
I wish I could be that, right about now.
So do I address it or
do I keep quiet?
A planet several years away
can't help me any more than
the stars, several hundred light years away, can
But I need answers.
One more night without knowing-
I can't stand this.
My hands are in my pockets
to discourage the cold
but the cold isn't scared of
a flimsy layer of fleece.
a crumpled gum wrapper in my pocket,
forgotten, like yesterday's thoughts
remains, like yesterday's memories.
If I throw it hard enough,
will it touch Jupiter?
Can it come close?
Though I know it's pointless
I throw it with all my might-
but I could've thrown it harder,
I should've thrown it harder.
I wait for it to land,
not speaking, simply waiting for a thud
I know I’ll never hear.
Gravity can never be conquered.
Is that my answer?
Did I ask the right question?
Should I try again?
Do I want to try again?
Why don't I know better?
One more night isn't going to hurt anything
but how many nights does it take
to forget that things can change?
How long do I have left before
the waiting becomes my answer?
There's nothing more lonely than
being the only thing in the sky.
We all have lessons to learn
but I'd rather have forgotten how to breathe
than have to learn this one.
I forget that there's nothing I can do,
forget that this isn't my place
I just want everyone to be happy.
I want to help but I'm worried
I cause pain, and we all hurt.
It's hard to know what to do
When you know there's no right answer.
Back to the sky,
back to Jupiter, the clouds blocking everything else.
Jupiter was named after the Roman god
who is the same as the Greek god Zeus-
only the name is different,
why change a story that works?
He was the king of gods, the biggest
That's why Jupiter was given that name.
But Zeus made mistakes-
there is nothing perfect in this world
so should I just give up?
Give up the way my friend forfeited her religion
because it was too difficult to believe or
Give up the way my grandfather stopped fighting for survival
because his lover stopped fighting first or
Give up the way my friend left her,
because it wasn't worth it.
Is it really Zeus I'm talking about
or is it someone else?
Is it worth it?
The gum wrapper lies in the dirt.
It will remain there because it's too dark to see.
Maybe I'll pick it up in the morning,
when it's light,
but I'll probably just forget.
© 2012 Lexy
AboutI'm about to start college in the fall. I love Astronomy, space, and science, and plan on majoring in this (and then spending a lifetime in school). I spend my time watching baseball and writing, and.. more..
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