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touch the sun, by McKenna Themm

This post is part of 805's “My Home Library” series that features writers and artists enjoying their home libraries during the pandemic and beyond.


We weren’t there when it started

we won’t know

how it all ends—

but these stories in the middle

are the books that we lend

from the library

of the universe and

the book of the whole world.


The time

it takes to borrow

is just how long it takes tomorrow

to start again.


Before we ever existed

and before we had a breath,

from the stars our lives were molded

and from dust,

we defied death.


Then we learned to speak

we learned to laugh,

painted the night sky with our songs.


The language

of the sunrise

gave us a reason wrapped in disguise

to wake again.


But how do we know just how far we run

or how long it takes just to

touch the sun?


How do we know what becomes of us

when the sun has died

and we return to dust?



McKenna Themm graduated summa cum laude with her B.A. in Literature and Writing from CSUSM. She is currently an MFA in Creative Writing: Poetry student at San Diego State University. Her poems have been published by The San Diego Union-Tribune, The Poet, Bryant Literary Review, pacificREVIEW, Luna Luna, 805, JMWW, and The Stray Branch. She is writing her first full-length ekphrastic collection of poems, based on the life and work of Vincent van Gogh. She is the managing editor at the Los Angeles Review, a Content Strategist at Archer Education, and the MFA Director’s Assistant at SDSU.


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