What is enough by Lynne Sargent

180 Farben by Gerhard Richter

This firefly wants to be a comet
for us,

she orbits and blinks so ferociously,
demanding our attention,
our gaze, in the face
of a disappointing sky.

The moon, always herself,
(never a disappointment)
watches on.

Like the firefly,
she makes me wonder
what close, beautiful things

we miss,
peering into darkness,
searching for ‘better things’
to wish on.


Lynne Sargent is a writer, aerialist, and philosophy Ph.D candidate currently studying at the University of Waterloo. They are the assistant poetry editor at Utopia Science Fiction magazine. Their work has been nominated for Rhysling, Elgin, and Aurora Awards, and has appeared in venues such as Augur Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Daily Science Fiction. Their first collection, A Refuge of Tales is out now from Renaissance Press. To find out more, reach out to them on Twitter @SamLynneS or for a complete bibliography visit them at scribbledshadows.wordpress.com.

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