John Mortara

NASA’s INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT JUST POSTED A PHOTO OF THE HORSEHEAD NEBULA AND – F*#K – NOW I MISS YOU

 

 

i apologize in advance of this poem / i have been dreaming a lot lately

 

but i’m just gonna say it

 

the       ‘if you love them then let them go’    cliché needs to end right here and right now

 

i’m looking at you / band called ‘Passenger’

 

you are always on the radio when i’m trying to let go whilst obviously not letting go

 

and why do i always write about the stars as metaphors for me needing to leave someone

 

that’s a rhetorical question

i have some pretty obvious theories with regards to stars and why we can’t be together

 

so hello new universe

 

hi i’m john

 

this is the dating profile i do not even want because my heart is light years away from here so i apologize in advance

 

i ride my bicycle all aimless when i’m upset with myself

 

i like long walks on the beach

directly into the bottom of the ocean

 

i would say my sexual identity is

 

uncertainty principle in the streets / heat death of the universe in the sheets

 

sooner or later everything will become water

 

my ideal date is the two of us

on a romantic evening

looking at the stars

thinking about how

if we could only touch

those beautiful lights

we’d both burst into flames immediately

 

i definitely had a dream about that recently so i apologize again

 

the problem with accomplishing your dreams is that eventually you will run out of dreams

 

i’m trying to get a handle on the balance of waking and sleep

 

so i apologize in advance of my inevitable stellar implosion

 

when you get too close to black holes you get all bent and stretched and it’s called ‘spaghettification’ which is ridiculous

 

i’m sorry i am stretching this out until we finally rip

 

it’s too delicious to stop

 

and all the songs i’ve been listening to remind me of outer space

and outer space always reminds me of kissing you

 

not just sounds-like

but smells-like

 

it’s the ozone smell of rain and kissing you

 

it’s old book smell and kissing you

 

sweaty basement punk show smell and kissing you

 

the christmas tree has been up for so long that it’s definitely a fire hazard smell

 

and kissing you

 

your jacket reeks of pall malls and i missed that smell and kissing you

 

even those memories on their own make my skin feel like all the butterflies in the world suddenly replaced by similarly-sized rocks

 

i apologize again / this time /  in retrograde

 

i have been dreaming a lot lately

 

i leave my curtains open and when the morning sun wakes me i always mistake it for you

 

i am trying to hold my horses             because i don’t know the destination

 

there’s this dream i keep having wherein you tell me to hold my horses

 

hold all of your horses, you say          hold your horses close

 

 

 

john mortara is a big ol’ rain cloud. john mortara is a big ol’ burrito. john mortara is a bagel sammich in northampton massachusetts. john mortara edits voicemailpoems.org. john mortara has a website that is conveniently johnmortara.com. john mortara is a world in which good and evil battle to gain control over the dark crystal. john mortara would never use karate in anger.

 

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