to bathe in the milky way is to accept your hair turning silver. it is to let moonlight tattoo itself across the back of your neck, to quiet as the cosmos sinks into your veins and turns mortal skin to paper. dip a palm into the water and see how the current flows. the stars hold certain truths that they release into the night. look for them. here, they lie beneath diana’s eye. perhaps their wisdom is in their silence and the turning of the tides. look for them. they hold still the way nothing else can. there, they lie unmoving as these waves swell around us. perhaps only their gaze can slow the pulsing of human hearts. for they alone know what it’s like to be a stone in a temporary world that can only dream of infinity.
< previously published in Rewrite the Stars Review >
Caroline Chou (she/her) is a writer from Maryland with a love for leitmotifs and magical realism. Her work has been recognized by the Alliance for Young Writers and published in The Aurora Journal and Aster Lit, among others. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading fantasy, playing golf, or doodling everywhere she shouldn't.