seeking my cosmos
you traverse the galaxy
unbound by spacetime

through bent gravity
you tunnel to my mind’s eyes
wormholes closed in sleep

you slip through photons
fluctuating quantum foam
to land in my core

our union so dense
not even light can escape
the curve of our forms

we are cosmic strings
bridging the future and past
forming a closed loop

holding this new world
we weave exotic matter
to thread through the walls

we thread fireflies too
these virtual particles
destroyed and reborn

your mouth closes mine
our throats a single channel
when time collapses

atoms disappear
fireflies flee the choking flue
its walls sucking shut

suddenly expelled
swifter than the race of light
we part untethered

this body and i
a universe of longing
await your return

that when you are here
you might unravel the threads
and bind me to you

Lisa Delan’s work has been featured or is forthcoming in American Writers Review, Burningword Literary Journal, Cathexis Northwest Press, Drunk Monkeys, Passengers Journal, Poets Choice, The Pointed Circle, Viewless Wings, Wild Roof Journal, The Write Launch, and other literary publications. She has been nominated for a 2023 Pushcart Prize.