Light years away by Annmarie McQueen
Light years away
Our first night together, I made circles out of
moonlight, plotted them against your skin
and weaved galaxies into the curve of your neck.
Everything inside me was silvery and liquid.
Your eyes, cat-like, glowed so bright that they
burned themselves into my brain, the imprint
of a red sun on the back of my eyelids. I thought
of the prologue years, of the thousand nights
leading up to this one, of the moment our orbits
crossed and set off on new paths. I thought of
your sea-green polo shirt and your hair trapped
under my shoulder, and wondered why it
took us so long to find each other. I thought of
your clairvoyant hands painting us futures and
your voice, trembling in a rearview mirror.
I’m terrified that one day I’ll hurt you, you said
as if you could see me now, three years later
waist-deep in this memory.
Annmarie McQueen is a London-based digital marketer and graduate of Warwick University’s creative writing programme. She’s been published in numerous magazines and anthologies including Dear Damsels, Buried Letter Press and The Little Book of Fairytales released by Dancing Bear Books. In her spare time she runs an online shop selling her handmade soy candles at www.chailightsco.com and can be found on twitter @Annmarie_writer