Sparkling on high, unreachable,
Strewn far across the endless void,
Cold, dark, lifeless heavens devoid
Of human scale and human feel;
Casting a sterile, bone-white light
That deepens the already biting chill
Of frozen windblasts, reaching in to kill
The very peace of soul with fright.
What solace can I find in you,
Your faintness, distance, or your glare –
Aloof, disdainful, icy stare
That pierces deep and freezes through?
O soulless, unforgiving stars,
Eternally unmoved and unperturbed!
I rail in vain, for never have you heard
A prayer, appeal, or even curse of ours.
Adam J. Sedia is a Lake County native who returned home. He practices law with the firm of Hoeppner, Wagner & Evans as a civil and appellate litigator, and serves as president of the Lake County Bar Association for 2017. His poems and stories have appeared in a number of literary journals, and he has published two volumes of poetry: The Spring’s Autumn (2013) and Inquietude (2016). He also composes music, which may be heard on his YouTube channel. He lives in Griffith with his wife and family.