JOHN GILLESPIE JR.

POETRY AND PHOTOGRAPHY

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I, too, am building a rocket ship

Like and unlike Bezos

Like and unlike Musk

I, too, am building a rocket ship

a rocket ship to the Earth.

 

After the World has crumbled

and the bodies have piled up

and the dead and dying accumulate

I, too, am building a rocket ship

back to the ground of this Planet.

 

I, too, am building a rocket ship

where the astronauts can be Trans

where the engineers can be Black

where the astrophysics can be Queer

where this World may be renounced.

 

I, too, am building a rocket ship

big enough for you and yours

mine and more, and everyone

cause I don’t want a rocket ship

to nowhere else but here

with you and yours,

mine and more, and everyone.

 

O my body,

forgive me for my sins

for I know not what I do.

 

- a rocketship to earth.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I die

bury me in a sea of stars

I want to rest in the universe

with black holes and dark energies

anti-matter and asteroids

I want to spend infinity without gravity

in the blackest space we know

between planets and solar systems

and when the astronauts and aliens

find my body

hidden in the darkness

I want them to leave me lonely

in oblivion.

 

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dear self,

who I am

who I am not

today, i allow you to be

all that you are

all that you are not

today, i allow you to be

paradox and imperfection

experiment and experience

today, i allow you to be

someone who isn’t you

someone who isn’t me

yet still

someone

something

somehow.

 

 

 

 

Los Angeles, 2019

John Gillespie is an artist, singer, rapper, writer, theorist, philosopher and friend currently pursuing his PhD in Comparative Literature at UC Irvine. He lives in Irvine, CA.

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