Poetry: Victoria Nordlund’s “Infinity”

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Victoria Nordlund


“Columbine’s Little Tongue” by Konstantin Somov

It’s 2019 and the Lady of Shalott
still leaned on her velvet bed viewing
the world through a shadow.
          She delighted in her web and

developed quite a following
in her tower, swiped left again
for Lancelot, avoided the other curse,
          the boat, and the dying thing—

ubered to downtown LA
and having little other care, took
duck-lipped selfies at the Broad gallery
          as she stood impatiently in line to view

the exhibition that Katy Perry
and Adele said was a must see.
And she Tweeted and Snapchatted
          and Instagrammed and posted and updated

her story: #thesoulsofamillionlightyearsaway
#YayoiKusama #infinitewait
.            So when it was her turn,

she weaved steadily to Long for
Eternity—and spied a shining meteor
in the corner of her eye
.            repeating and repeating

in the blue unclouded beams of light,
in the tunnels of great depth,
in the smaller and smaller reflections
.            that receded into infinity.

And as the LED’s Burn’d like one burning
flame together, she cried because she
had never seen something so beautiful
.            in the window of her phone.


About the writer:
Victoria Nordlund is an adjunct professor at the University of Connecticut. Her chapbook Binge Watching Winter on Mute will be published in summer 2019 by Main Street Rag. She is a 2018 Best of the Net and Pushcart Prize Nominee whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in PANK Magazine, Rust+Moth, Gone Lawn, Maudlin House, and other journals.

Image: Columbine’s Little Tongue” by Konstantin Somov (1869-1939). Gouache and watercolor on cardboard. No size specified. 1915. Public domain.

By | 2019-09-07T22:42:07+00:00 September 6th, 2019|LITERARY ARTS, Lyric, Narrative, Poetry|