So Many Blank Moons
After Edward Hirsch

by Holly Lyn Walrath


We redrew this galaxy
one planet at a time.

With charcoal, we smudged
out the stars and left
only the space between,

with oils we swept
suns onto pallet knifes
until light was a memory,

with our fingertips we erased
satellites and moons and auras
until the canvas was blank.

Dreaming is easier
when you can start
from scratch.

Copyright © 2020 by Holly Lyn Walrath


Featured Poet of the Month Holly Lyn Walrath

Holly Lyn Walrath’s poetry and short fiction appears in Strange Horizons, Fireside Fiction, Daily Science Fiction, Liminality, and Analog. She is the author of Glimmerglass Girl (Finishing Line Press, 2018), winner of the Elgin Award for best speculative chapbook, Numinose Lapidi, a chapbook in Italian (Kipple Press, 2020), and The Smallest of Bones (Clash Books, 2021). She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas and a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. You can find her canoeing the bayou in Houston, Texas, on Twitter @HollyLynWalrath, or at www.hlwalrath.com.