Your Homeworld Is Gone

by Leslie J. Anderson

The sand from your childhood
is in the ocean now,
in glass, on the rugs
of a man in Seattle,
a woman in Mumbai.

The carbon you wear
is borrowed.
Your molecules,
the pathways of your mind
shift like dunes.

This sky is not
the one you remember,
and even memory

There is no home,
not the home you knew.

There is no you,
not the one you remember.

The ground itself
will give way.
you are like everything.


Copyright © 2021 by Leslie J. Anderson


Featured Poet of the Month Leslie J. Anderson

Leslie J. Anderson's writing has appeared in Asimov’s, Uncanny Magazine, Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, and Apex, to name a few. Her collection of poetry, An Inheritance of Stone was nominated for an Elgin Award. Poems from the collection have won 2nd place in the Asimov’s Reader’s Awards, and were nominated for Pushcart and Rhysling awards. She lives in a small, white house beside a cemetery with three good dogs and a Roomba.

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