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
. 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.