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A Stellar Snare

Stars are clever traps

holding me in the past

and pressed firmly against myself.

And yet so ensnared

I wrap the sheet of speckled black about my wide 

to feel

small

so that I might convince some colossus

that I am not a burden

and can survive, botherless,

in their spacious heart

without notice

if only they'd do the kindness

to not snuff me out.

J. Nick Fisk is a native of Las Cruces, New Mexico currently residing in Connecticut. He is a PhD student in the Computational Biology and Bioinformatics at Yale University. In addition to his scientific work, Fisk has published a fantasy novel entitled Ivivin and his poetry has been featured in a few publication, such as Palimpsest. Fisk writes poetry in both English and Spanish, finding each to be better suited for some themes or tones.