Moonlight Sonata: Or, How I Swim through Dreams with You

by Crystal Sidell

Let me tell you

about the moonlight –

how it is to lie in bed across

the unstained quilt, exposed

to nocturnal rhythms through naked

panes, waiting for the pregnant

moon to unhook her luminary limbs

and slip through sliver

of space between glass and sill.

I hunger for this moment –

the cool caress on hot skin,

the celestial lifting. Like a swallow

unfolding its wings, I become

weightless when pale blue umbilici

fuse to inner joints and seams.

Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Saturate.

Reaching elemental depths, I dream

into the ether, swim with animalcules

and molecules, open my lungs to

the midnight star-sea and breathe.

One. Two. Three. Elastic-free.

Gliding through space, I gather

salt sparks with firm snaps of my beak

curved and wide and pelican-deep.

Unpeeled pupils pierce navy-purple clouds.

Miles contract to inches as I fly in search

of home. Eyes and skin so comforting,

so familiar to my bones.

You are confetti bursting from the cosmos.

How we will dance as one above

the world, tracing Corona Borealis,

Gemini, Virgo. Only to be two

when dawn spreads its rays;

leaving me to count the days until

the moon again is full.

A native Floridian, Crystal Sidell grew up playing with toads in the rain and indulging in speculative fiction. She holds a master of arts in both English and library & information science, moderates two creative writing groups, and has reviewed books for the Florida Library Youth Program. Her work has appeared/is forthcoming in 34 Orchard, Apparition Lit, diet milk, F&SF, opia, Orion’s Belt, Strange Horizons, Under Her Eye, and others. You can find her on Twitter @sidellwrites

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