The Cosmos Ice-cream
The hot noon held a gun to my head
and forced me to buy an ice-cream, so
I chose a chocolate cone.
At the table outside the chilly shop,
an old lady with a coconut bowl
sat across from me and started chatting
with a random customer, but her
coal Labrador — Lucy (as the old lady called her)
was staring at my glutinous universe.
Exhausted, I sank in her whirling ears. Leaves,
stars, distant galaxies rotate over
this drunken kingdom where we are all proven
dizzy unless someone purposes a center.
Only on this black earth do we spoon ice-cream,
feel tired, seek and lament.
I swallowed my saliva. Lucy swayed
her protruding tongue.
I crunched a hazelnut; a planet afar
crushed into sweet grains.
The ice-cream ball was melting gradually
into a diaphanous ocean. Reflected
in its entropy, our smiles grew
wearier. Nothing in space, except for
an upside-down pyramid, could
stop the helpless expansion or slow down
the light in our eyes from deforming.
If one common thing has to be said about Lucy
and me, say we both grow wizened.
“It’s indeed hard to follow through,”
the old lady concluded to her listener, a dark
cloud swallowing the sun. In shadows,
the distance between us swelled, thirst boomed,
and sound withered. I realized that dogs
must feel lonely, for they look at night skies
longer than any astronomer does.
Once this observation was recorded,
Lucy, the hairy blackhole, barked —
my heart cooled till frozen.