Not Rocket Science

In another universe there may be answers
to every awkward question she can ask
but, closer to home, How do you really feel?
Where were you when I rang? Why are you lying?
are merely minor asteroids, conspiring
to ambush the hormone-fuelled astronaut.

Like a Flying Dutchman, he roams the cosmos
looking for that soft landing on Venus,
not knowing his direction of travel,
a chaotic victim of many-body interactions.
What have you to say for yourself? Words?
A black hole radiates meaningful words

and a distant cluster begins to form
at the tangled intersection of a billion
narrow unnavigable wormholes.
He prefers to launch an unmanned robot
to avoid exposure to lethal flares.
Do you still love me? is beyond his reach.

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