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life to lemons & Stardust Soda

Poems by Catherine Wan

life to lemons

when life gives you lemons
or as the saying goes—
you take out a knife
and divide it with a slice.
raise a wedge to your mouth, and
canines into the flesh
until this lemon is but a peel.

zest can be salvaged,
juice into lemonade
with too many spoonfuls of sugar
to cover up the bitter, the sour,
the ugly, the shriveled.

and i am just a lemon
given away to others
with no zest, no fervour left.
sucked dry, without flesh
no bone at all, or sinew to unwind
just lemons given to life
a passing glance, fleeting thought
left behind in a grimace.


Stardust Soda

the stars are violently absent during the day
shrouded in light to hide the decay.
darkened clouds drunk on rain,
asteroids, comets crashing into terrain.
thus the world with a thousand suns
is reduced to one, when the war’s come and done.

there is a name to this body
strings that attach to it.
flesh and bone to bind it,
drenched in emotion and wrapped in gauze;
presented without any real cause.

a treasure, muses a cacophony of voices,
or a beast tucked away, hushed folklore
whispers.

tired eyes, weary heart,
dimming lights, off the marks.
trudging through endlessly
i swallow down these useless pleas.
choke them down, toss it back
till the heart cries out at last.
a shattered dream, broken seams
cradling these blithe thoughts
as dawn breaks, the skies beam.

i dreamt of lips on mine,
framing the love you press
into picture perfect nothingness.
perhaps it is not much of anything,
not in such a loveless world during a loveless time.

and thus desperation rots,
pours out the slots,
of a cracked, shriveling heart.
rakes its claws down the spot,
drags me up from hell’s spawn,
curls a sneer against the small
of my back, chills long gone.
stars scattered, glass tempered,
desperate measures; answers surrendered.
i am a dying star, nameless.

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