Glow Sticks

She is asking me to wish upon something I cannot

see, to believe in there is another side and a way out, but

light pollution and pollution of light; yearning for

my eyes to ignite with the sheer amount of power

from the hands waving the countless neon glow sticks

(at the concert) but to amass this energy: effort and effort

I reiterate to her that I’m so tired and weary.


Yet she is leading me across as I’m barely hanging on, I

made a conscious choice to believe her belief in the beyond

and with one of my fingers grasping the edge of the

lifeboat, she said: “That’s all you need, you have me.”


That night equipped with my map and my compass, I

arrived at the exact coordinates on the crossroad of Hate

and Hope streets, and I gazed upwards to wish upon that

star that I cannot see, but all the while knowing that light


Sophia Falco’s third poetry book: Chronicles of Cosmic Chaos: In The Fourth Dimension is forthcoming later this year, and she is the author of Farewell Clay Dove, and of her award-winning chapbook: The Immortal Sunflower all published by UnCollected Press. She is the winner of the Mirabai Prize for Poetry, and she graduated magna cum laude along with the highest honors in the Literature Department from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her Bachelor of Arts degree is in intensive literature with a creative writing concentration in poetry. Now Sophia is in a highly regarded Master of Fine Arts (MFA) Program for Poetry along with carrying out a Teaching Fellowship. She is on her way to make her dream job become a reality to be a Professor of Poetry.

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