Ganymede – A Poem

The pavement rough

beneath my knees 

I adjust the lens again

& gaze back up above at 

a glittering night sky

these 

sleeping 

eyes 

awaken

I wonder why

I wonder how

I wonder when

Thoughts lost in

a tidal locking orbit

and then –

Like a blast from 1610

a habit’s darkness lifts

As I lean back as

and breathe in –

Seeking my Callisto

a tangible Ganymede

My eyes drift left to right 

But some things

we aren’t meant to know. 

I squint back

into my telescope

Praying to become an

emotional Galileo 

counting moons

collecting constellations

in tattered pockets

to light my journey on.

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About Gretchen Leary

I am 30 years old, I live in the Boston area, and I am writing from the perspective of an individual with Asperger's Syndrome.
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20 Responses to Ganymede – A Poem

  1. Dusty Writes says:

    Oh, wowza! This ties for my favorite tonight–beautiful!

  2. billgncs says:

    the divine hero or the lonely isolated sphere – maybe the heavens tell us which to be.
    I enjoyed reading this.

  3. MarinaSofia says:

    Lovely to see and read you here again, Gretchen! I particularly like those last four lines, collecting constellations in tattered pockets – feels a bit like poetry in general, when we are trying to capture that elusive beauty or perfect word, but it ends up all tattered and pedestrian.

  4. Mary says:

    “Collecting constellations in tattered pockets” — wonderful imagery in your words. Yes, as Marina Sofia says, nice to read your poetry again.

  5. I was going to cite that same line that Mary did–just brilliant, I would love to learn more about Astronomy.

  6. So spectacularly beautiful, Gretchen – and nice to see you at the Pub again.

  7. claudia says:

    hey – nice to see you again.. hope life goes well for you..
    Praying to become an
    emotional Galileo
    counting moons
    collecting constellations… this whole part…loved it… an emotional galileo.. yep – i would love to be that as well

  8. kanzensakura says:

    This is super! I think the collecting constellations really registers with us all. I write my poems hoping to share something I’ve had rattling around in my pockets for awhile, hoping that the something isn’t all lint and an old gum wrapper, but something shining and beautiful. I think yo wonderfully shared that shining and beautiful in a wonderful way.

  9. Alex Dissing says:

    I love looking up at the night sky. It really puts things into perspective back here on Earth.

  10. Grace says:

    Nice what a wonderful way to express the beauty of the night ~ I specially love the ending lines, like what Claudia has quoted ~

    Lovely to read you again Gretchen ~

  11. So nice to have you here again Gretchen – I love the collection of the constellation – those lines really stands out

  12. the imagery really brings us the beauty of the night sky… Gorgeous write

  13. Bryan Ens says:

    Some things we are not meant to know…and yet we continue looking. And that, I think, is what makes us human. Lovely piece.

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