The Calculation of Light Years

the distance between us

is not easily calculated

using miles or kilometers

or fathoms or light years

this distance

is a living, breathing

mutable thing

shifting between us

 

sometimes you are as remote

as the furthest, most self-possessed star

still visible with my humble telescope

at others, we are only

divided from the warmth

of each other’s hearts

by the width of a thin

sheet of paper

the dot of a pencil

 

we seem to move not

only through

space but time itself

did our molecules

vibrate at the same frequency

in previous lifetimes?

were we bosom friends, lovers,

siblings, parent and child?

are we meant to meet again

in a future life in new roles?

hold new meaning

in each other’s lives?

 

or are we always destined

to be slightly out of sync

from each other

phasing in and out of

each other’s orbits

never able to exchange

a kiss on the cheek

a heartfelt hug?

exchange a face to face

intense conversation

over a cup of coffee and a scone?

 

my mind is a fanciful creature

that tends to contemplate

the many imponderables

of my life

in my sleepless hours

when stillness and silence

permeate my immediate surrounding

such as the distance between us

 

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