I'm still me

and we're distant now;

I've gotten stronger

and growing loud.

Sometimes I wonder

if you hadn't gone-

extending hands

vast beyond the sea,

collecting deep-colored shells

for a heart severed-to-be.

Dreaming on a Distant Star

Claire Kroening is a queer poet and editor based in Wisconsin. Their work has been published in Honeyfire Lit, Intersections Magazine, Maythorn Magazine, and The Globe Review, among many others. In their free time, they appreciate visiting art museums and studying creative writing.