after Giorgio de Chirico’s I Shall Be There – The Glass Dog
I shall be there
baring the paunch of my stomach
bearing my heart in an open box
as you, cool as loam in the garden last night
lie beside me on the grass not yet wet with dew.
a constellation is a group of stars
that when seen from Earth
form a pattern
You shall be there
out lying with me
outlined by the moon
as I, marble and frozen, neck taut with worry
teach you the shapes of the pinhole stars.
a constellation is lovers intertwined
that when seen from space
forms a star
We shall be there,
as we learn the contours of the sky
we have not yet touched the ground.