STARS AND CEREAL
by ANNA O'CONNOR (IRELAND)
Issue 2.2 August 2020
I do not see the stars from where I stand
but I know they are there.
You tell me “look up” (you hope we can share this).
I smile and say “I see them, too.”
I walk back inside
and sit at my kitchen table.
A half-empty box of cereal bears bright
big letters and I want to send you a photo
of the strange cartoon character.
But instead I sit
and stare out the window
willing the stars to come out.
And I think, for a moment, that I
see some silver light dancing
through the blackness of clouds (but it is only my imagination).
My phone pings
and I stare at the screen,
at the message from you.
A picture of a cereal box
with a strange cartoon character.
And I look out the window
and see how stars appear,
and I feel you sitting next to me
as if you weren’t that far at all.
Anna O'Connor, 18, has always loved writing and is looking forward to studying English in university this coming school year. She lives in Ireland, a landscape that has always inspired her work. She wrote this piece during the recent coronavirus lockdown, which is the inspiration behind it.