Villanelle for Valerie: A Response to ‘The People’s Republic of Valerie’ May 6, 2017

by Natalie Singer-Velush

At some point we’ll wake up scattered to our being
Struggling to know as we circulate what’s real
Nurse says our thoughts reflect the things we’re seeing

Questioning the truth to which we cling
We float in space but rarely constellate each other
At some point we’ll wake up scattered to our being

We seek refuge in the unknown when grieving
I used to wonder who would guide my fate
Nurse says our thoughts reflect the things we’re seeing

Postworld, postmemory, postdetails, postmeaning
What if all these shit humans are inchoate, not final?
At some point we’ll wake up scattered to our being

At one point, at a certain point, in this moment, we sing
The fantasy of some savior come to evacuate us is real
Nurse says our thoughts reflect the things we’re seeing

The funny fairy tale of a bright future is freeing
But if we travel to the asterism can we repatriate ourselves?
At what point will we wake up scattered to our being?
Nurse says our thoughts reflect the things we’re seeing

 

 

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Natalie Singer-Velush is an author, editor, arts writer and member of the 16/17 Season Ambassadors Writers Corps. Learn more about The Ambassador Project.

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