Blue light on dark rivers, 
blue notes floating in veils of wind          
down chasms of blue canyons
whose denouement issues
into fields of tiny bluets limning the dawn.

I covet illusions:
my diaspora of bluish stars,
periwinkle glinting wet the eye,
and two sapphires shy recessed in the iris.
I see a child’s face face the world
like aqua light borne in water
blinking awake.

What theatre of stars doesn’t expire?   
I stand in the night heat
of high summer, cherish the starlight
imparted with far-flung dreams,                  
learning to lose
the trajectories, the tendrils of constellations
I could always locate out of love
re-arranging their crooked conversation
behind the mystery of roofs.
Eventually they rise out of the fringe of trees,         
and drape garlands in the pond           
around a wading moon

whose sheath I float through tethered to my madness. 

Where are you now?

Still I am blue for lack of you,
and forgiveness is a low blue flame.


Photo by Max Kleinen on Unsplash

Stelios Mormoris

Stelios Mormoris is a native of Boston, MA. He is the CEO of EDGE BEAUTY, Inc., which markets wellness products online. Citizen of Greece and the U.S., and raised in New York, he has spent most of his adult life living in Paris. He received my undergraduate degree in architecture at Princeton, and M.B.A. from INSEAD in Paris. He is a former professional rugby player, as well a contemporary artist, specializing in abstract oil painting. He started seriously writing poetry in the Creative Writing Program at Princeton as a student of William Meredith and Maxine Kumin, and later at Columbia with Stanley Kunitz. His work has been published in Gargoyle, Humana Obscura, Midwest Poetry Review, Nassau Literary Review, Press, South Road, Spillway, Sugar House Review, Verse, The Whelk Walk Review and other literary journals. He believes in community services, and has held positions on the Boards of the French Cultural Center of BOSTON, Historic New England, the Fragrance Foundation, and ACT-UP.