Ace Boggess is author of four books of poetry, most recently I Have Lost the Art of Dreaming It So (Unsolicited Press, 2018) and Ultra Deep Field (Brick Road Poetry Press, 2017), and the novel A Song Without a Melody (Hyperborea Publishing, 2016). His writing has appeared in Harvard Review, Mid-American Review, RATTLE, River Styx, North Dakota Quarterly and many other journals. He received a fellowship from the West Virginia Commission on the Arts and spent five years in a West Virginia prison. He lives in Charleston, West Virginia.
Another Earthlike Planet
Thirteen light years distant—
not so far if you’re a being of pure energy,
post-transcendent Siddhartha radiating,
selfless. For the rest of us, we can’t conjure it
even in imagined sleep of a sci-fi cryo tank.
We’re millions of lost anchors
at the bottom of an ocean trench
so deep nothing on the surface calls us.
We settle for sedentary lives,
sometimes not noticing space around us,
sometimes wondering what’s out there &
if we could be happy on another world
without lugging our miseries to this new not-Earth
to plant them there like a goddamned flag.