2022 Issue > Poetry > Star
Artwork by Maddie Hansen
I’m the twins, you’re the scorpion–
According to the Zodiacs.
Those who adhere to astrology
Insist that our signs
Have a zero percent compatibility
If I’m one half of a twin, you seem
To be the other.
Stars are sky diamonds
Yet I never saw a use for diamonds;
Just a pretty way to
Handcuff yourself to the rusted bottom
Of a drowning ship
You are a diamond
And therefore a star;
My Polaris forever stitched
In my north sky, my guide
Which is somewhat terrifying
Because to rely on a guide
Is to stumble blindfolded through the dark
And to pray that the other doesn’t release
Your hand and leave you stranded
Is it better to walk
In a starless cosmos
Than to chain yourself to
A fickle ball of gas
That may burn away to nothing?
Claudia Enz is an English major with a Professional Writing emphasis at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. Claudia is a Senior and is excited to graduate Summer 2022.
Maddie Hansen is extremely passionate about drawing, writing, and storytelling. She hopes to publish her own collection of poetry someday, with a drawing for each one. Check her out on Instagram: instagram.com/illiardbilliard