'Dear Love,' / 'Marbles' / 'runaway stars'

November 24, 2019


Photo by Sharon Pittaway on Unsplash 



Dear Love, 


I was expected to expose myself.

Instead, I checked the weather forecast –

Leipzig is cold today, a hint of frost


hangs above the park,

each blade of grass tipped white.

Beneath the bridge, that favourite drinking spot,


where water runs slowly in its riverbed,

the White Magpie wraps herself in mist.

A few miles West, Plagwitz will be asleep,


a deep Saturday stupor rising from the streets

into my slanted attic room, where toothpaste

covers bald spots on the walls.


Here, someone taught me love

was a thing of the dark, a taste

of morning breath behind closed blinds.


I am writing to tell you

I don’t believe that anymore.



Josefine Stargardt








When I last saw you

I took the words you gave me,

caught them in the shallow bowls of my palms.

Now I carry them with me – your rounded vowels,

the soft tingling of your consonants –

they weigh down my pockets,

a set of marbles warming against my skin.

From time to time I take them out,

deep green or veined electric blue,

and hold them in my hands,

mementos of your skin against mine,

and of how your bright nails

matched the colour of my shirt.



Josefine Stargardt




runaway stars

     after Allen Ginsberg


in the supernatural darkness of cold-water flats

i take ur hand

the floor is lava

the green sludge of the city pooling at our feet

i pull u onto the settee   we sit entwined

where city lights don’t reach

i kiss ur forehead   eyebrows  the corner of ur mouth

u exhale stars  we orbit 

u stretch out ur hands to touch the black hole of the ceiling

tug at the darkness for a thrill

i weave a song of sirens  pigeons

i kiss ur earlobes  eyelids  fingertips

in the next room a broken faucet





Josefine Stargardt






Josefine Stargardt is a bilingual poet based in Germany and the UK. Her work has been published online by the British Council Germany as well as Honey&Lime Lit and Homology Lit. Her poems have appeared, or are forthcoming, in several print anthologies including Met Five (2019) and Binde der Welt die Schnürsenkel zu (2016). She has two wonderful nephews and wishes she had a cat.


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