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Space Exploration || by Courtney LeBlanc


Space Exploration

for MM



What was it about you that pulled


me in, that led us to orbit


one another like drunk planets –


uncertain if we should proceed


but unable to stop ourselves.


Where were we the first time we


touched? Your car in the back


of the airport parking lot,


furtive like teenagers, as planes


launched into the sky.


I’d grown invisible in my own


home, like Pluto, downgraded


and removed from lists


of importance. But you held me


up like I was the goddamned sun


and you were grateful for any ray


of light. When we stood in the office’s


narrow kitchen, used the small


space as an excuse to press


against one another, you


whispered in my ear, your words


marking constellations on my


skin, a celestial map you would


trace with your fingers. We


pushed forward, pushed


our luck, ignored the warning


signs – we knew we would


collide and crash back to earth,


didn’t we? That after the rocket


of orgasm, reality would be waiting.


There was no control center


to guide us back, no astronaut


suit to wear as we walked forward,


our paths diverging – you falling back


into the orbit of your life and me


walking into the great unknown,


looking for an existence on an empty


planet that no longer included you.



MEET THE POET:


Courtney LeBlanc is the author of the full length collections Exquisite Bloody, Beating Heart (Riot in Your Throat) and Beautiful & Full of Monsters (Vegetarian Alcoholic Press). She is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Riot in Your Throat, an independent poetry press. She loves nail polish, tattoos, and a soy latte each morning. Read her publications on her blog: www.wordperv.com. Follow her on twitter: @wordperv, and IG: @wordperv79.

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